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How long will our energy sources last?

Chart:
A bar chart shows an overview of the remaining years of use of primary energy sources.

Of the fossil energy sources, petroleum will be the first to run out. What is the situation for the other fossil energy sources? Can new technologies delay the point in time when they run out? And is it really true that renewable energy sources never run out?
The time axis has a logarithmic scale.

Information and ideas:
Students learn that the logarithmic scale represents numbers ranging over several powers. More in-depth information regarding how long energy sources will last is provided in the "An overview of energy sources? information sheet.


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Global energy supply - future development

Chart:
The development of the global energy supply from 1990 to 2035 is shown.

Reliable figures are available through 2012; from that date forward, the International Energy Agency must rely on estimates. The represented figures refer to the more optimistic New Policies Scenario, which takes into account political announcements and plans of governments, for example, to reduce CO2 emissions, although they have not yet been implemented. The estimated energy consumption for 2035 is 12,001 mtoe.

Using the following source: International Energy Agency (IEA)


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Food production - "energy hog?

Interactive graphic:
Production stages for a food until it is eaten, with the energy consumption and energy-saving potential for each stage.

An industrially produced foodstuff generally has to travel a long way before it lands on our plate. This is illustrated graphically using an example of a food (chicken wings). At each step, the graphic shows what energy is needed for and what measures could be taken to save energy. Synthetic amino acids are named as one energy-saving possibility. All essential amino acids (for example, methionine) can be produced synthetically today and would save up to 95 percent of the energy if used in feed, compared, for example, with growing soy beans. In addition, the use of freshwater and pollution with fertilizers and pesticides would be reduced. Further potential for saving energy can be discussed.

Information and ideas:
Because this media file shows energy consumption in the context of food production and consumption, monitoring one?s own consumption would be appropriate. Students should think of meals for one day that use as little energy as possible for production, transportation, consumption, and waste disposal. The thoughts can range from mostly unprocessed products to completely synthetic products.
The "Meat and sustainability? animated film is suitable to get the students thinking.


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Link list for "The tropical rainforest" interactive whiteboard content

Link list:
Additional links on the topic of rainforests.


Additional information on the topic of "rainforests" for class (e.g., WebQuests, images, informational texts, games) or as background information for teachers.


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Distribution of world precipitation

Information module, with charts:
Annual precipitation in selected cities in various climatic zones, data on precipitation and temperatures.

The total annual precipitation of the individual cities can be compared with each other. The precipitation and temperature curves indicate the climates. The precipitation and temperature data are from 1961-1990.

Information and ideas:
Students learn how to read climate diagrams and should be able to assign the individual locations to the various climates.
From the diagrams, students can draw conclusions on the role of water in agriculture in the various regions.

Anderer Ressourcentyp

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B1 Water cycle (worksheet 2 answer sheet)

Answer sheet:
For the worksheet of the same name for subject teaching in English.


You can find more detailed information on the associated worksheet for subject teaching in English "B1 Water cycle (worksheet 2),? which is available on the media portal of the Siemens Stiftung.


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Anderer Ressourcentyp

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Link list for the media package "Humanitarian aid - drinking water filters in use"

Link list:
Many interesting links on the topics of "Drinking water shortage", "Humanitarian aid", and "Membrane filters".


Information and ideas:
Equally suitable as a source for Internet inquiry for teachers and students alike.

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Meat and Sustainability

Video:
Animated film that clearly shows the impact of high meat consumption in Germany

On average, each German eats nearly 90 kilograms of meat per year. That is excessive and problematic in many ways. Industrial production of meat is unsustainable in many aspects - area of land use, global food supply, climate change, animal rights, pollution, and health.

What problems are specifically caused by industrial meat production? What are the global consequences? What can be done about it?


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B1 Water cycle (worksheet 2)

Worksheet for subject teaching in English:
For the student experimentation instructions of the same name. Methodology tool: picture sequence developed by Josef Leisen and Heinz Klippert.


Note: This worksheet has been developed especially for subject teaching in English and for language-sensitive subject teaching. It uses the picture sequence methodology tool developed by Josef Leisen and Heinz Klippert. The picture sequence is used to train students how to correctly comprehend and then explain the chronological and logical sequences of events.
Students whose native language is not English and who do not have strong English skills receive support and training in understanding the technical vocabulary. They work with the specialized vocabulary and in this way acquire the ability to communicate about specific subjects.


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Speech signal - individual word

Chart:
Screenshot of the oscillographic curve of the spoken word "dogs".

Speech sounds are fluctuating sound signals where the composition of frequencies changes all the time.
Aperiodical overlap periodical parts. Unlike noises, some of which have similar frequency curves, sound in speech is always the carrier of meaning or of messages sent out by the speaker. Other noises like smacking of lips, hissing, rhythms, basic pitch are typical of the individual (acoustic fingerprint) but not essential for the speech content!

Information and ideas:
Supplementary to worksheets and transparencies.

Relevant for teaching:
Sound/acoustics: parameters
Vibrations and waves
Communication and understanding