Which do you think requires more energy to make, a wood door or a steel door?
FPL researcher Bob Ross helped answer this question in a recent article aimed at getting young kids to think like scientists. The article was featured in the The Natural Inquirer, a science education journal that helps scientists share their research with middle school students.
The research looked at the energy used and the amount of waste created in the manufacture of steel and wood doors. The article explains the methods used in the research, the findings, and offers questions and topics for follow-up discussions in the classroom. Also featured are two classroom activities students can do themselves to compare the energy required to make different items.
Issues of The Natural Inquirer are available to educators free of charge with topics ranging from climate change to wildlife to bioenergy.