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Welcome to the PRIMRE Educator Resources database of resources, lesson plans, and related materials to help educators learn and teach about marine energy. We want to make it easy for educators at all levels to quickly find curricula, activities, and other tools that will help energize students about a marine-powered future and related concepts.

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Hydrokinetic Energy Class VI Introduction to Hydrokinetic Energy

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover Wave Energy, System, Design, and Construction

Topics explored: various types of and locations of wave energy converters

A Primer on Wave Energy: Wave Energy Devices

Source: Sea Grant Oregon, Oregon State University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Description: A 2-page illustrated handout that depicts various wave energy devices

Topics explored: oscillating water column, submerged pressure differential, overtopping device, rotating mass, bulge wave, point absorber, wave attenuator, hybrid point absorber, surge converter

Aquatic Renewable Energy Technologies (Aqua-RET) E-Learning Tool

Source: Aquatic Renewable Energy Technologies (Aqua-RET)

Description: Aquatic Renewable Energy Technologies (Aqua-RET) is an e-learning tool promoting aquatic renewable technologies. The site, which is funded by the European Commission, offers many illustrations, free handouts, animations, and teacher guides

Topics explored: rivers, tides, waves, tidal streams, tidal impoundment, eddies, foundations

Buoyancy (Lesson Plan)

Source: AltaSea Project Blue

Description: Students will: Determine variables that affect buoyancy, understand how mass and surface area affect an object's ability to float, form hypotheses and ask questions about how objects float


Topics explored: buoyancy; density; surface area; mechanical engineering; forces; physics

Buoyancy (Worksheet 2)

Source: AltaSea Project Blue

Description: Why Does It Float? Exercise for evaluating buoyancy of household objects (Worksheet)


Topics explored: buoyancy; density; surface area; mechanical engineering; forces; physics

Buoyancy (Worksheet)

Source: AltaSea Project Blue

Description: Students will: Determine variables that affect buoyancy, understand how mass and surface area affect an object's ability to float, form hypotheses and ask questions about how objects float (Worksheet)


Topics explored: buoyancy; density; surface area; mechanical engineering; forces; physics

Can Underwater Turbines Solve Our Energy Problems? (Video)

Source: Real Engineering

Description: This video describes challenges with harnessing energy with underwater turbines

Topics explored: tidal energy, spring tides, neap tides, effects on marine mammals

Catch the Wave!

Source: Science Buddies

Description: There is a lot of energy that can be harvested from moving water. Energy can be extracted from water rushing over a waterfall and from the regular patterns of the ocean's tides. The energy that propels waves forward in the oceans can also be extracted and used. But can wave energy power plants be built anywhere there is water? In this energy science fair project, you will use ocean buoy data and mathematics to determine which locations along the coasts of the United States can sustain a wave energy power system.

Topics explored: wave energy; marine energy; wavelength; frequency; environmental considerations; ocean energy; ocean energy project siting

Coastal Studies Institute Program – Renewable Ocean Energy

Source: East Carolina University

Description: Students will learn about the Coastal Studies Institite’s mission to extract energy from ocean waves, currents, and tides. Participants will view technology used in ocean research, participate in a series of activities to understand the process of harnessing power from the ocean, and learn the basics of oceanographic processes. This program can be taught at a middle or high school level

Topics explored:

Decoding Science

Source: The National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine (NASEM)

Description: This interactive website's content is based on Reproducibility and Replicability in Science, a NASEM consensus report funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the National Science Foundation and vetted by experts in the practice, interpretation, and application of science.

Topics explored: the Scientific Process, Building Scientific Knowledge, the Role of Repetition and Consensus, and Using Science

Do As the Romans: Construct an Aqueduct

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students work with specified materials to create aqueduct components that can transport two liters of water across a short distance in the classroom. The design challenge is to create an aqueduct that can supply Aqueductis, a (hypothetical) Roman city, with clean water for private homes, public baths and fountains as well as crop irrigation.

Topics explored: Civil engineering; agriculture; environmental considerations; history

ECN Marine Renewable Energy Syllabus

Source: Ecole Centrale Nantes

Description: Undergraduate course syllabus on marine renewable energy including lessons, textbooks, and learning objectives

Topics explored: marine energy; tidal energy; offshore wind; ocean energy; electricity generation; wave energy

Energy 101: Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy (Video)

Source: U.S. Department of Energy

Description: See how marine and hydrokinetic technologies harness the energy of the ocean's waves, tides, and currents and convert it into electricity to power our homes, buildings, and cities.

Topics explored: kinetic energy and how to extract it from moving water

Energy from the Oceans: The New Renewable

Source: Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center

Description: Energy from the Oceans: The New Renewable is a secondary school curriculum in six lessons:

Lesson 1: Why do we need renewable energy? Lesson 2: How is electricity generated? Lesson 3: How do we identify ocean currents with the best potential for producing energy? Lesson 4: Harnessing energy from ocean currents: the new renewable Lesson 5: What are the environmental impacts of ocean energy? Lesson 6: The future of ocean energy

Topics explored: wave energy; marine energy; tide energy; environmental considerations; electricity generation; ocean energy

Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and OES Environmental prepared this presentation outlining the environmental effects of marine renewable energy and related research.

Exploring Ocean Energy and Resources

Source: National Energy Education Development Project

Description: Informational text, hands-on explorations, and critical thinking and engineering design activities introduce students to the sources of energy found offshore and the non-energy related mineral resources found in our ocean environments

Topics explored: various forms of ocean energy

Exploring our Fluid Earth

Source: University of Hawaii

Description: Exploring Our Fluid Earth is based on the nationally recognized Fluid Earth/Living Ocean aquatic science curriculum. The Exploring Our Fluid Earth curriculum is grounded in the inquiry approach to learning and examines marine and freshwater systems by studying the influence of water on the planet. The Exploring our Fluid Earth modules comprise the essential elements of a year-long course in marine science at the middle and high school levels.

Topics explored: Modules focus on the physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, and technology of aquatic systems and on the researchers who study them. Each module comprises a series of related lessons that build conceptual understanding. The integration of disciplines provides multiple entry points to the curriculum materials, which teachers can approach from the perspective of their respective disciplines. The modules also provide a unique opportunity for subject area teachers (i.e., biology, chemistry, physics) to utilize portions of the curriculum in their teaching—to teach their course concepts in the context of the aquatic environment.

Folke Center Wave Energy Course

Source: Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy

Description: Course overview of a weeklong workshop on wave energy theory, project construction, and team based example activities

Topics explored: workshop, ocean energy; electricity generation; wave energy; corrosion; mooring

Hands-on Activity: Falling Water

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students drop water from different heights to demonstrate the conversion of water's potential energy to kinetic energy.

Topics explored: kinetic energy conversion

Honors Marine Biology Course

Source: Virtual Voyage Education Resources

Description: Mark Friedman has made his entire Marine Biology course available for download. This material is aligned with the Castro/Huber Marine Biology Textbook. Each chapter includes text, photo, presentation and video materials. Tests and exam questions are provided. Projects, labs and links to related materials elsewhere on the internet are available for some chapters. The course has been broken down into smaller pieces to help our friends in other countries with slow internet.

Topics explored: marine biology; invertebrates; fish; ocean environment; marine invertebrates; hydrology

Hydrokinetic Energy Class I Introduction to Hydrokinetic Energy

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover The History and Evolution of Hydrokinetic Power Production and The Future of Hydrokinetic Power Production

Topics explored: permanent magnets and copper coils, dams, hydroelectric power plants, traditional hydropower vs. hydrokinetic power, turbine types, hydrofoils, currents

Hydrokinetic Energy Class II Introduction to Hydrokinetic Energy

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover Basic Forms of Ocean Energy and Technology and Basic Components of Hydrokinetic Technology

Topics explored: types of ocean energy converters, current energy converters, wave energy converters, ocean thermal energy conversion, offshore wind energy, salinity gradient, rotors, gearboxes

Hydrokinetic Energy Class III Introduction to Hydrokinetic Energy

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover Ocean Currents System Design and Construction and Systems Installation, Maintenance, Troubleshooting, and Removal

Topics explored: types of ocean energy currents, computational fluid dynamics and turbine design, turbine components

Hydrokinetic Energy Class IV Introduction to Hydrokinetic Energy

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover Tidal Currents, System, Design, and Construction

Topics explored: tidal currents, gravitational pull of the moon, tidal bulges, tidal ranges,tidal barrages, kinetic energy, Betz limit

Hydrokinetic Energy Class IX Hydrokinetic Energy Technician

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

Topics explored: hydrodynamics, Bernoulli's Equation, fluids, compressive force

Hydrokinetic Energy Class V Introduction to Hydrokinetic Energy

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover River Currents, System, Design, and Construction; History and Evolution of Hydrokinetic Power Production

Topics explored: hydropower plants, turbine types, dams, current energy converters, sea carpets, water wheels, pump storage

Hydrokinetic Energy Class VII Introduction to Hydrokinetic Energy

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover Test Equipment and Data Logging of Turbine Output

Topics explored: test equipment, logging and analyzing energy output of current energy converters, flow test vessels, test sites, First Law of Thermodynamics, grid connections, power analyzers

Hydrokinetic Energy Class VIII Introduction to Hydrokinetic Energy

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover Site Selection and Resource Assessment

Topics explored: tidal resource, riverine resource, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, tidal flow characteristics, Betz Limit

Hydrokinetic Energy Class X Hydrokinetic Energy Technician

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover Assessment of Installation Sites

Topics explored: types of currents, flow data, tidal flow, flow velocity, river currents, typography and installation sites

Hydrokinetic Energy Class XI Hydrokinetic Energy Technician

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover Types of Current Profilers and Deployment Methods

Topics explored: Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler, Doppler shift, advantages and disadvantages of Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, deployment methods

Hydrokinetic Energy Class XII Introduction to Hydrokinetic Energy

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover Creating Energy Production Estimates

Topics explored: tidal flow velocity, Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers, illustrating flow characteristics, Betz Limit

Hydrokinetic Energy Class XIII Hydrokinetic Energy Technician

Source: Walter Schurtenberger, Hydrokinetic Energy Corporation; College of the Florida Keys

Description: Sections cover Flow Measurement Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers Set-Up

Topics explored: types of profilers, Doppler shift, Matlab, fluid mechanics

Kitchen Science: Buoyancy Video

Source: Coastal Studies Institute

Description: This video and hands-on activity answer the question, "How do big, heavy boats float?" by exploring density.

Topics explored: buoyancy, Archimedes' Buoyancy Principle, water density

Kitchen Science: Upwelling Experiment

Source: Coastal Studies Institute

Description: This video and hands-on activity answer the question, "Why is the water sometimes cold in the summer?" by using an at-home experiment to demonstrate upwelling.

Topics explored: upwelling, water and waves

Kitchen Science: Waves and a Wave Machine Video

Source: Coastal Studies Institute

Description: This video and hands-on activity answer the question, "Does water move with waves as they travel?" by using an at-home wave machine to demonstrate.

Topics explored: water and waves, wave machine, energy transfer, matter transfer, orbital motion

Let's Make Waves

Source: Eduplace

Description: In this simple set of activities children use wind to create waves and use marbles to model energy moving through water.

Topics explored: activity; ocean science; wave energy; fluid dynamics

MaRINET2 Short Courses

Source: MaRINET2

Description: A repository of short courses presented by representatives from various European research institutions

Topics explored: integrated tank testing, hydrodynamics of fixed and floating offshore wind turbine foundations; reliability and risk analysis of ORE technologies, test and verification processes from tanks to the sea.

Make Electricity with Waves

Source: Quad Squad

Description: PMEC followers down under make electricity with waves. This wave energy device captures kinetic energy in the waves and converts it into electricity. Ethan and Justin show how to build a simple wave energy device with easily available materials. This video is ideal for children who want to learn and create a wave buoy for a science project, or for those who wonder how it works.

Topics explored: kinetic energy conversion; wave energy; activity

Marine Invertebrates (Lesson Plan)

Source: AltaSea Project Blue

Description: Students in high school will explore marine invertebrates and their different characteristics (Lesson Plan)

Topics explored: ocean environment; marine invertebrates; hydrology

Marine Invertebrates (Plankton)

Source: AltaSea Project Blue

Description: Students in high school will explore marine invertebrates and their different characteristics (Plankton Worksheet)

Topics explored: plankton; ocean environment; marine invertebrates; hydrology

Marine Invertebrates (Worksheet)

Source: AltaSea Project Blue

Description: Students in high school will explore marine invertebrates and their different characteristics (Worksheet)

Topics explored: ocean environment; marine invertebrates; hydrology

Marine Power and Propulsion

Source: MIT

Description: This course discusses the selection and evaluation of commercial and naval ship power and propulsion systems. It will cover the analysis of propulsors, prime mover thermodynamic cycles, propeller-engine matching, propeller selection, waterjet analysis, and reviews alternative propulsors. The course also investigates thermodynamic analyses of Rankine, Brayton, Diesel, and Combined cycles, reduction gears and integrated electric drive. Battery operated vehicles and fuel cells are also discussed. The term project requires analysis of alternatives in propulsion plant design for given physical, performance, and economic constraints. Graduate students complete different assignments and exams.

Topics explored: ship power; propellers; propulsion electricity generation; fuel cells

Mechanical Advantage with Pulleys (Answer Sheet)

Source: AltaSea Project Blue

Description: Students will: determine the variables that affect a pulley system, understand how pulleys can be used to change the direction that is pulled to lift a heavy object, demonstrate an understanding of how pulleys make work easier by exchanging an increase in the distance pulled for a decrease in the requisite force, demonstrate an understanding of how Newton’s Second Law of Motion is used to determine a given force, and practice converting between different scientific units (Answer Sheet)


Topics explored: unit conversion; mechanical engineering; forces; physics

Mechanical Advantage with Pulleys (Lesson Plan)

Source: AltaSea Project Blue

Description: Students will: determine the variables that affect a pulley system, understand how pulleys can be used to change the direction that is pulled to lift a heavy object, demonstrate an understanding of how pulleys make work easier by exchanging an increase in the distance pulled for a decrease in the requisite force, demonstrate an understanding of how Newton’s Second Law of Motion is used to determine a given force, and practice converting between different scientific units


Topics explored: unit conversion; mechanical engineering; forces; physics

Mechanical Advantage with Pulleys (Worksheet)

Source: AltaSea Project Blue

Description: Students will: determine the variables that affect a pulley system, understand how pulleys can be used to change the direction that is pulled to lift a heavy object, demonstrate an understanding of how pulleys make work easier by exchanging an increase in the distance pulled for a decrease in the requisite force, demonstrate an understanding of how Newton’s Second Law of Motion is used to determine a given force, and practice converting between different scientific units (Worksheet)


Topics explored: unit conversion; mechanical engineering; forces; physics

Naval Postgraduate School Lecture 24 PH3700 Fundamentals of Energy

Source: Naval Postgraduate School

Description: a recorded lecture

Topics explored: kinetic energy, wave energy

Naval Postgraduate School Lecture 25 PH3700 Fundamentals of Energy

Source: Naval Postgraduate School

Description: a recorded lecture

Topics explored: wave energy, particles

Ocean Energy Could Be the Wave of the Future

Source: Science News for Students

Description: Science News for Students is a resource for educators. This article describes the promise and potential drawbacks of several marine energy technologies and relevant ongoing research projects.

Topics explored: wave energy; marine energy; tide energy; computer models; environmental considerations

Ocean Energy Glossary

Source: Wave Energy Centre

Description: a 14-page glossary of ocean energy terms

Topics explored: definitions of ocean energy terms

Ocean Power: Four Activities

Source: U.S. Department of Energy, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Description: A student activity/lesson plan

Topics explored: How can you put the energy of ocean tides to work? How does an OTEC plant work? Can water boil at room temperatures? How can I build a wave energy device?

Ocean Renewable Energy Applications

Source: Eric Greene Associates

Description: Technology overview of the various methods for ocean, wave, and tidal energy conversion and collection, including manufacturers of relevant equipment

Topics explored: energy conversion, ocean energy; electricity generation; marine energy; wave energy; tidal energy, offshore wind, floating platform

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion

Source: Energy Information Administration

Description: Technology overview of ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC),a process or technology for producing energy by harnessing the temperature differences (thermal gradients) between ocean surface waters and deep ocean waters.

Topics explored: ocean thermal energy conversion; electricity generation; marine energy; thermodynamics

Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) (Video)

Source: Delft University of Technology

Description: Using engaging animation, this video explores Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), a renewable energy technology that uses the natural temperature difference in oceans to produce clean, reliable electricity. It works best in the tropical, equatorial zone. OTEC can become an important renewable energy source.

Topics explored: how OTEC works

Ocean Wave Mechanics

Source: Oregon State University

Description: Linear wave boundary value problem formulation and solution, water particle kinematics, shoaling, refraction, diffraction, and reflection. Linear long wave theory with applications to tides, seiching, and storm surge.

Topics explored: wave physics; wave mechanics

Ocean Waves in a Bottle

Source: Little Bins for Little Hands

Description: Have you ever wondered what causes ocean waves? Create an ocean wave bottle as a fun way to demonstrate a little bit about how waves work. Combine learning about the ocean with a visually appealing sensory bottle for fun and playful learning for kids.

Topics explored: activity; ocean science; wave energy; fluid dynamics

Oceans for Beginners

Source: Encounter Edu

Description: Overview of marine ecosystems and maps of oceans around the world.

Topics explored: marine ecosystems; marine energy; ocean environment

Off the Grid

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students learn and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. They also learn about our nation's electric power grid and what it means for a residential home to be "off the grid."

Topics explored: renewable energy; electricity grid; off the grid; electricity generation

One World Ocean

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students learn about ocean currents and the difference between salt and fresh water. Using colored ice cubes, they see how cold and warm water mix and how this mixing causes currents. Students also learn how surface currents occur due to wind streams, how fresh water floats on top of salt water, the difference between water in the ocean and fresh water throughout the planet, and how engineers are involved in the design of ocean water systems for human use.

Topics explored: marine science; ocean science; ocean currents; fluid dynamics; environmental considerations

Power Your House with Water

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students learn how engineers design devices that use water to generate electricity by building model water turbines and measuring the resulting current produced in a motor. Student teams work through the engineering design process to build the turbines, analyze the performance of their turbines and make calculations to determine the most suitable locations to build dams.

Topics explored: water turbine; kinetic energy conversion; dams; activity

Power, Work, and the Water Wheel

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Civil, geotechnical, environmental, mechanical and electrical engineers collaborate to design and construct dams that generate electricity from the flow of water. When engineers design these dams, called hydroelectric power plants, they calculate the amount of power that can be generated by the plant. Knowing the dam's potential power generation, they can further estimate the maximum rural or urban region that can be supplied with electricity generated from the dam.

Topics explored: hydropower basics; dam engineering; power plants; activity

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

Powering the U.S.

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: This lesson provides students with an overview of the electric power industry in the United States. Students also become familiar with the environmental impacts associated with a variety of energy sources.

Topics explored: electricity mix; fuel types; power plants

Renewable Ocean Energy Animation

Source: IKM in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Mystic Aquarium

Description: An animation clip that shows various forms of ocean energy

Topics explored: rotating mass, bulge wave, tidal turbine, point absorber, oscillating surge flap, offshore wind turbine, oscillating water column

Smart Ocean Planning and the Ocean Economy

Source: Ocean Conservancy

Description: An infographic fact sheet that discusses the ocean economy. Includes footnoted resources for more information.

Topics explored: The ocean economy, jobs, shipping, offshore renewable energy

Student Energy Energy System Map

Source: Student Energy

Description: The Energy System map includes an interactive map view, a searchable energy topics index view, and accompanying videos.

Topics explored: climate change, energy justice, climate policy, sustainable goals, all energy sources, production, conversion, transport, distribution, use, and influences

Tidal Energy

Source: University of Cinncinnati

Description: Students will work in teams to design, build, test, and redesign a model water turbine blade capable of spinning and generating power, which will be read with a voltmeter.

Topics explored: tides, tides and moon phases, tides used to generate electricity, how is electricity generated and how is power measured, how water turbines work, which blades are best, various types of forms and sources of energy, types of energy we use, our energy consumption.

Tidal Power

Source: Energy Information Administration

Description: Technology overview of techniques to harness tidal energy

Topics explored: tidal energy; kinetic energy conversion; electricity generation; marine energy

Tidal Power 101 (Video)

Source: Student Energy

Description: This video provides an overview of tidal power, which converts the energy from the natural rise and fall of the tides into electricity.

Topics explored: what causes tides, technologies used to harness tidal energy

Tireless Tides: Extracting Energy from Ocean Tides

Source: Science Buddies

Description: Renewable energy is the energy that is extracted from natural sources, such the Sun (solar), earth (geothermal), wind, and water (hydropower). These sources are renewable because they can be replenished by the same natural sources within a short period of time. Hydropower energy is extracted from moving water, like ocean wave energy and tidal energy. In this energy science fair project, you will make a model of a tidal barrage (also known as a dam) and investigate how emptying the tidal barrage through different-sized tunnels affects energy production.

Topics explored: wave energy; marine energy; ocean energy; tidal energy; renewable energy

Video: Wave Energy Could Slash Our Use of Fossil Fuels

Source: Vice News

Description: Vice News released an 8-minute video showcasing the abundant opportunities for harnessing the power of waves along the coasts of the United States. The video also points out just how complicated development of the technology to generate electricity from waves can be.

Vice Media Group LLC is an American-Canadian digital media and broadcasting company. Vice News is the news division of the group.

Topics explored: Waves, wave energy, wave energy research, why extracting energy from waves is difficult, the future of wave energy

Water 101 (Video)

Source: Student Energy

Description: This video discusses energy harnessed from moving water: hydropower and tidal power

Topics explored: hydropower, tidal power, wave power

Water Chemistry (Lesson Plan)

Source: AltaSea Project Blue

Description: Students will: learn the fundamental properties of water; learn the proper tools for measuring different properties of water

Topics explored: measurement methods; water chemistry; ocean energy; hydrology

Water Chemistry (Worksheet)

Source: AltaSea Project Blue

Description: Worksheet for associated lesson plan. Students will: learn the fundamental properties of water; learn the proper tools for measuring different properties of water

Topics explored: measurement methods; water chemistry; ocean energy; hydrology

Water Power

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students observe a model waterwheel to investigate the transformations of energy involved in turning the blades of a hydro-turbine. They work as engineers to create model waterwheels while considering resources such as time and materials, in their designs. Students also discuss and explore the characteristics of hydropower plants.

Topics explored: water wheel; kinetic energy conversion; dams; activity

Water Power Hands-On Activity

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students observe a model waterwheel to investigate the transformations of energy involved in turning the blades of a hydro-turbine. They work as engineers to create model waterwheels while considering resources such as time and materials, in their designs. Students also discuss and explore the characteristics of hydropower plants.

Topics explored: a model waterwheel, the transformations of energy involved in turning the blades of a hydro-turbine

Waterwheel Work

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students learn the history of the waterwheel and common uses for water turbines today. They explore kinetic energy by creating their own experimental waterwheel from a two-liter plastic bottle. They investigate the transformations of energy involved in turning the blades of a hydro-turbine into work, and experiment with how weight affects the rotational rate of the waterwheel. Students also discuss and explore the characteristics of hydroelectric plants.

Topics explored: kinetic energy; water wheel; activity; energy conversion

Wave Energy Converters (Wiki)

Source: Coastal Wiki

Description: a wiki page devoted to wave energy converters

Topics explored: wave energy conversion principles, oscillating water columns, overtopping devices, wave absorbing devices, point absorbers, terminators, wave attenuators, power take-off systems, issues with wave energy converters, wave energy converters combined with offshore wind, and international organizations

Wave Energy Engineer: Building a Model Wave Energy Generator

Source: Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center and Sea Grant Oregon

Description: A classroom activity allowing student to design and test their own model wave energy device

Topics explored: kinetic energy, voltage, wave tank

Wave Energy Research at OSU

Source: Oregon State University

Description: a 5-page graphic illustration of various marine energy careers at Oregon State University

Topics explored: benthic ecologist, energy and acoustics, ocean test facilities manager

Wave Energy and Wave Changes with Depth

Source: Exploring Our Fluid Earth

Description: This page provides an overview of the scientific principles behind wave energy propagation, types of wave based on water depth, and images and activities surrounding wave energy and depth.

Topics explored: wave energy; wave depth; deep water waves; transitional waves; shallow water waves; marine energy

Wave Power

Source: Energy Information Administration

Description: Technology overview of techniques to harness wave energy

Topics explored: wave energy; kinetic energy conversion; electricity generation; marine energy

Wave and Tidal Energy

Source: Ducksters Education Site

Description: Overview and quiz relating to wave and tidal energy generation

Topics explored: wave energy; marine energy; tide energy; environmental considerations; electricity generation; ocean energy; renewable energy

Wave of the Future

Source: COVE Workforce Initative

Description: An 88-page Blue Economy teaching resource

Topics explored: Blue Economy, careers, activities

Waves and Wave Properties

Source: Teach Engineering

Description: Students learn about the types of waves and how they change direction, as well as basic wave properties such as wavelength, frequency, amplitude and speed. During the presentation of lecture information on wave characteristics and properties, students take notes using a handout. Then they label wave parts on a worksheet diagram and draw their own waves with specified properties (crest, trough and wavelength). They also make observations about the waves they drew to determine which has the highest and the lowest frequency. With this knowledge, students better understand waves and are a step closer to understanding how humans see color.

Topics explored: wave energy; energy transfer; frequency; wavelength; amplitude

Waves in the Marine Environment

Source: Scripps Classroom Connection

Description: This is a 4-5 day unit on the physics of waves and encounters in the marine environment. Students will have the opportunity to work with actual data, learn about different types of waves, and understand how waves are used in the ocean to learn about the environment. The unit consists of three lessons, two worksheets, a group project, and review game. Topics covered include an introduction to transverse and longitudinal waves, the difference between wind generated waves and tsunamis, and how and why we use sound underwater.

Topics explored: wave energy; marine energy; wavelength; frequency; environmental considerations;; ocean energy

Why Can't We Get Power from Waves? (Video)

Source: MinuteEarth

Description: This video introduces wave energy and related challenges

Topics explored: wave energy, turbines, buoys