Exploring Alternative Energy: Hydroelectric Dams Unit Study


Hydroelectric power, or hydroelectricity, is generated by the force of falling water. Hydro comes from the Greek word for water. It’s one of the cleanest sources of energy, and it’s also the most reliable and least expensive.  Alternative Energy Resources: Hydroelectric Dams is a unit study providing multiple notebooking pages, a chart to compare and contrast dams, a construction design project, and an optional field trip experience. 13 page eBook (PDF)


Physics Logic (Physical Science for the Logic Stage) is an inquiry based, hands-on physical science curriculum for middle school students.  It is created to provide teachers with the tools and inspiration to engage their students in meaningful, hands-on science and service learning experiences through tangible curriculum, shared resources, and real-world contexts.  This curriculum was field tested in the public school classroom and modified for the homeschool or co-op setting.

Physics Logic is comprised of four disciplines (Chemistry, Electricity & Magnetism, Simple Machines & Laws of Motion, and Engineering & Design). The units can stand alone or can be combined for a complete academic year curriculum. The order in which the units are taught is flexible. Alternatively, you may combine an Physics Logic unit with a unit from the Life Logic series or Earth Logic series.

The Engineering & Design units bring hands-on physical science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities together with art and science writing in fun and challenging ways.   I am delighted to share these activities with you so that you may teach engineering concepts to your children and build on their natural curiosity through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world!  The projects and activities outlined in each of these unit studies can be modified for small groups or with individual students.


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