Resourcefulness


With rapid changes in technologies and an aging workforce, the nation faces a significant skills gap in STEM-related fields of study. The purpose of the resourcefulness project is to introduce students to different cross-cutting issues at the core of the relationship between energy and water. This collection presents images, video, and academic commentary to introduce key concepts and to inspire further research. 

This collection includes resources to support teaching science, mathematics, engineering, and technology topics related to energy and water. The full text of the resource is available at app.stem.guide.

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    Introduction to the Energy-Water Nexus

    In this short video, Dr. Michael Webber of the University of Texas at Austin introduces students and teachers to the energy-water nexus, the complex and cross-cutting relationship between energy and water in modern society. Dr. Webber presents one of the great challenges of the next generation of leaders: to think critically about issues related to energy and water and to seek inspiration for new ideas for these precious resources.

    Be resourceful!

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Energy Transitions Over Time

    In the first decade of the twenty-first century, headlines declared the end of oil. The Economist led with its cover story, “The End of the Oil Age,” in 2003. National Geographic affirmed with its own features, “The End of Cheap Oil” in 2004 and “After Oil: Powering the Future” in 2005. These headlines announced with great pessimism that the end of oil had arrived, and emphasized the necessity of transitioning to another resource. 

    However, more recent headlines tell a different story. In March 2013, with a remarkably different tone, National Geographicreported “America Strikes Oil.” In May 2013, The Atlantic declared, “We Will Never Run Out of Oil.” In one decade, we transitioned from running out of oil to a sense of oil abundance. This shift is one of the central themes of energy: energy situations change. Energy transitions, which are defined as significant shifts in the energy mix, have happened many times before.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • The Farm Woman's Dream

    This short video from Power Trip: The Story of Energy explains the rationale behind rural electrification. The explanation lays the foundation for thinking about the intersection of energy, water, wealth, and freedom. 

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Energy and Water in Biofuels Production

    This is a video abstract of the academic research paper "The Unintended Energy Impacts of Increased Nitrate Contamination from Biofuels Production" originally published in The Journal of Environmental Monitoring. Watching the video serves a dual purpose of introducing students to the multi-layered and interconnected nature of enery and water and to the various different avenues for science communication.

    Grades: 11-13+
  • Evaluating the Energy Consumed for Water in the United States

    This is a video abstract of the academic research paper "Evaluating the Energy Consumed for Water Use in the United States" from the journal Environmental Research Letters. Watching the video serves a dual purpose of introducing students to the multi-layered and interconnected nature of enery and water and to the various different avenues for science communication.

    Grades: 11-13+
  • Evaluating Power Generation Operations in Response to Changes in Surface Water

    This is a video abstract of the academic research article "Evaluation of Power Generation Operations in Response to Changes in Surface Water Reservoir Storage" published in Environmental Research Letters. Watching the video serves a dual purpose of introducing students to the multi-layered and interconnected nature of enery and water and to the various different avenues for science communication.

    Grades: 11-13+
  • Integrating Solar Energy and Brackish Groundwater Desalination

    This is a video abstract synthesizing the conclusions of the academic research papers "The Energy-Water Nexus: Spatially-Resolved Analysis of the Potential for Desalinating Brackish Groundwater by Use of Solar Energy" and "The Energy-Water Nexus: An Analysis and Comparison of Various Configurations Integrating Desalination with Renewable Power" originally published in Resources: Special Issue on Groundwater Quantity and Quality. Watching the video serves a dual purpose of introducing students to the multi-layered and interconnected nature of enery and water and to the various different avenues for science communication.

    Grades: 11-13+
  • Brackish Water Desalination with Wind-generated Electricity

    This is a video abstract of the academic research paper "Implementation of Brackish Groundwater Desalination Using Wind-Generated Electricity: A Case Study of the Energy-Water Nexus in Texas" originally published in Sustainability. Watching the video serves a dual purpose of introducing students to the multi-layered and interconnected nature of enery and water and to the various different avenues for science communication.

    Grades: 11-13+
  • Evaluating the Energy Impacts of Shifts in Residential Water Heating

    This is a video abstract of the academic research paper "Evaluating the Energy and CO2 Emissions Impacts of Shifts in Residential Water Heating in the United States" originally published in Energy. Watching the video serves a dual purpose of introducing students to the multi-layered and interconnected nature of enery and water and to the various different avenues for science communication.

    Grades: 11-13+
  • Switching Fuels to Save Water

    This is a video abstract of the academic research paper "Can Switching Fuels Save Water? A Life Cycle Quantification of Freshwater Consumption for Texas Coal- and Natural Gas-fired Electricity" originally published in Environmental Research Letters. Watching the video serves a dual purpose of introducing students to the multi-layered and interconnected nature of enery and water and to the various different avenues for science communication.

    Grades: 11-13+

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