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Is your refrigerator running efficiently? An integrated STEM approach to understanding energy efficiency

121 Chambers Building, Penn State, University Park, PA 16802
Saturday, October 26, 2019 @ 9:00am - 3:00pm
9:00am - 3:00pm
One-Day Workshop


Refrigerators consume more electricity than any other type of appliance or electronic in U.S. homes. When you shop for a refrigerator, you may see labels like EPA Energy Star, but what does that mean? Can we really trust ratings? This workshop will provide flexible modules to introduce your students to energy use in the USA and at homes and the physics and chemistry of how refrigerators and air conditioners work. Your students will have an opportunity to participate in an authentic research project to understand how home refrigerators work in the real world, and whether manufacturer and government ratings actually mean energy and cost savings at home. All teachers are welcome, but content is most applicable to physics, chemistry, general science, math and computer science teachers, particularly those teaching about heat and energy or statistics and interpretation of data.

Taget Audience:
Teachers of students in grades 6-12
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