Giving kids a hands-on opportunity to see energy in action, these 25 projects are an exciting introduction to the ways this hot topic affects both world politics and everyday lives. Packed with information about what energy really is, where it comes from, and its alternative sources, the projects range from a steam-powered boat and a solar-powered water heater to an electric burglar alarm and a geothermal geyser. The tough topics of energy shortages are covered with enthusiasm in a lively discussion so kids can make educated, positive changes for their future.
Introduction Energy Basics 1
Chapter 1 What’s the Buzz? What Energy Really Is 5 Chapter 2 Electricity 17 Chapter 3 Hydrogen 29 Chapter 4 Petroleum 35 Chapter 5 Natural Gas 43 Chapter 6 Coal 48 Chapter 7 Nuclear Power 57 Chapter 8 Wind Power 64 Chapter 9 Hydropower 72 Chapter 10 Solar Power 80 Chapter 11 Geothermal Energy 87 Chapter 12 Biomass 97 Chapter 13 The Future of Energy 106