What are microgrids and why would you want one? This unit leads students to understand and apply the answers to that question. The unit includes a multiple step process, with industry and policy readings, investigation of town maps and properties, consideration of emergency needs in the event that electric power is lost, and design of a system that will meet that need. Throughout the unit students hold a "public hearing" with their peers to discuss and fine-tune their ideas, and a capstone presentation to town leaders to discuss their solutions in a real-world context.
The unit is supported with readings and background information, suggested "building" and energy "generator" cards, and a suggested process to lead students to an understanding of the unit question.