Energy Choices (CTE)


Students will build upon their understanding of energy conversion, while exploring the economic, environmental and security impacts of our nation's energy choices.


Now that students have been introduced to the concept of energy conversion, they will learn about conventional and alternative power generation systems. As they learn about these various energy conversion technologies, they will explore the foreseeable and unexpected consequences of today's energy choices and our current lifestyle decisions on the future of energy accessibility. This lesson utilizes Chevron's online simulation, Energyville (, the objective of which is to "provide enough power to meet the energy demands of a city with a population of 5.9 million people while keeping them prosperous, secure, and living in a clean environment".

Lesson Times

2 class periods
100 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Energy, Environment, and Utilities Energy, Environment, and Utilities
    • Environmental Resources
    • Energy and Power Technology
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
    • Engineering Technology
    • Environmental Engineering
K-12 Subjects
  • Technology Education
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (2)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will analyze the factors that affect the availability and usage of different energy resources.
  • Students will differentiate between renewable, non-renewable and inexhaustible energy sources.
  • Students will work as partners to solve a problem

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