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Vox

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Civics, Engineering, Computer Science and Design Thinking

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Why Heaters Are the Future of Cooling

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Synopsis
  • This video describes an efficient solution for heating and cooling homes and the increase in geographic regions that will need temperature regulation in the coming years, due to climate change.
  • It highlights electric heat pumps as a climate solution for one third of the world's population, providing the framework needed to help incentivize this transition away from heaters powered by fossil fuels.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • It proposes an efficient alternative to fossil fuel heating that also cools.
  • The maps and images make the content easy to understand.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Heat pumps are already in use in many areas, so some students may not be familiar with natural gas or propane furnaces.
  • There is an advertisement before the video.

Differentiation

  • As an extension activity, ask students to investigate the global fossil fuel emissions from buildings using this EPA resource or this other EPA resource.
  • Another resource to consider using for this topic is this interactive resource about home energy use that allows students to see the effect of using more efficient appliances/light bulbs and changing their behaviors to reduce energy use and energy waste.
  • Science classes could research where this solution fits into the many climate solutions required to address climate change by exploring this interactive table of solutions and this article about individual solutions to climate change.
  • Math classes could use this carbon calculator to determine the collective impact of other actions that can be taken by everyone in their class to reduce carbon emissions.
Scientist Notes
The video explores the benefits of heat pumps in carbon reduction and indoor heating and cooling. A good alternative for ACs and furnaces. This resource is insightful, a good alternative for carbon switch, and it is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
      • HS-ETS1-2 Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
    • PS3: Energy
      • HS-PS3-4 Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that the transfer of thermal energy when two components of different temperature are combined within a closed system results in a more uniform energy distribution among the components in the system (second law of thermodynamics).
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