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Ocean Power - U.S. Department of Energy

Lesson Plan 

Students investigate methods used to generate energy from physical ocean processes as well as design an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) system.

Concept: Ocean affects humans
The ocean affects human life in many ways. The ocean provides many resources for humans.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation
Form and Function

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 B Physical Science
Motions and forces
Conservation of energy and the increase in disorder
Interactions of energy and matter

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Energy in the earth system

9-12 E Science and Technology
Abilities in technological design
Understandings about science and technology

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected (concepts b, c)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 17 Marine Resources 17:3-4,15-20