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Powering Smallsburg

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students act as engineers by specifying the power plants to build for a community. They are given a budget, an expected power demand from the community, and different power plant options with corresponding environmental effects. Guided by a worksheet, teams work through the hypothetical real-world scenario to arrive at recommendations that they present to the class; group "answers" vary widely, depending on their identified city priorities.

Topics explored: electricity mix; fuel types; power plants

Education Level

• High School

• Other Resources

Resource Type

• Curricula, Pacing Guides, Lesson Plans


• Engineering


• Energy Basics

• Environmental Considerations

• Hydropower Facilities

• Policy & Regulation