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An Introduction to Problem-Based Learning
Before you can develop a plan to reduce vampire energy consumption for yourself, you need to know what it is and why it is such a big problem.
1. Watch the video above
2. Find your Group's Google Presentation and answer the following questions on the first slide:
~ What is "vampire energy"?
~ Is this a problem for our environment? Why?
~ Is this a problem for our economy? Why?
The issue of vampire energy is related to your carbon footprint. Use the Web resources below to help you develop a definition for "carbon footprint", determine what your carbon footprint rating is (in CO2 tons), and how that compares the rest of the country and the world. For this section, you will:
1. Read the section on Carbon Footprint and develop your own definition of this term.
2. Use the Carbon Footprint Calculator to determine your carbon footprint rating. Choose the option that says "Calculate for Me Only." Be honest in your responses.
3. Create a graph using your results (use the video below if you need help). Save the graph as a JPG.
4. Enter the following information on the next slide in your presentation:
~ What is a carbon footprint?
~ Insert your graph and write a brief explanation of the results.
2. What is a Carbon Footprint?
What is a carbon footprint?
What is YOUR carbon footprint?
Create a carbon footprint graph for your group.
Now you need to determine how much vampire energy you use each year.
1. First determine how much vampire energy you use per year with the Vampire Energy Calculator (to the right). Each person in the group will need to do this. Add your amount to the Vampire Energy spreadsheet (to the right). Add this information to the next slide in your Presentation.
2. Next we will determine the vampire energy consumed by this lab. Use the 4 monitors around the room to determine how much vampire energy is used per hour. Then calculate how much vampire energy is consumed in a weekend. If UNT is paying $ .10 per kWh, how much does it cost to keep the lab running during the weekend? If 1 kwh emits 1.3 lbs. of CO2 into the atmosphere, how much CO2 is being produced to keep this lab running over a weekend? Put this information on the next slide in your presentation.
3. How much Vampire Energy do I use?
Vampire Energy Calculator
Vampire Energy spreadsheet
1. What is Vampire Energy?