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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Physics, Engineering

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  • Videos, 11 minutes, 43 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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YouTube Video

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  • This video explores the field of energy recovery hydropower, a method for generating energy using water pressure in existing water infrastructure. 
  • Students will learn about how energy recovery hydropower works, the benefits and drawbacks of this type of power, and some of the places it is already being used. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video does an excellent job of explaining complex ideas in easy-to-understand ways. 
  • The graphics used will help students to understand how energy recovery hydropower works.
  • A link to the transcript is available in the video description.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Ads may play before and during the video. 
  • Students should have some prior knowledge of hydropower. 
  • The video's content ends at 10 minutes, 21 seconds; the remainder of the video is a paid promotion.


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in social studies classes when discussing how governments can incentivize renewable energy production. 
  • After viewing the video, students could research the types of hydropower being used in their areas. 
  • As an extension, students could research what water plants in their areas could use energy recovery hydropower. 
  • Other related resources include this interactive map of energy infrastructure and resources in the United States and this video about tidal turbines. 
Scientist Notes
The video explores hydropower and its contributions to the energy sector. It evaluates the principles, mechanics, and technological designs of hydropower recovery systems, and how they are applied to boost electricity potential and reduce utility costs and CO2 emissions. There is no contradiction in the video and this is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1. Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
      • HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
  • English Language Arts
    • Language (K-12)
      • L.9-10.4 Demonstrate an ability to collaboratively and independently build vocabulary knowledge when encountering unknown words including cultural, general academic, and discipline-specific terms and phrases; make intentional vocabulary choices appropriate to the context and situation.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.11-12.3 Understand and evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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