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Fusion Energy and Climate Change from MIT's TILclimate

Grade Level Grades 9-12, Higher Education
Resource Type Activity, Handout
Standards Alignment


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Fusion energy has great potential to be an almost-limitless low-carbon energy source. However, scientists haven't yet been able to harness its power. Through a model, a virtual tour, and a research project, students investigate the question – what is the potential of fusion energy, and what part could it play in our future? 


  • Explain the basics of how fusion creates energy.
  • Understand that industries use energy in different ways which have implications for converting to low-carbon energy sources.


  • Research
  • Modeling



How to Use TILclimate Educator Guides.pdf

December 2, 2021
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TILclimate Educator Guide Fusion Energy FULL updated (3).pdf

May 8, 2023
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Develop models to illustrate the changes in the composition of the nucleus of the atom and the energy released during the processes of fission, fusion, and radioactive decay.
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.
The role of radiation from the sun and its interactions with the atmosphere, ocean, and land are the foundation for the global climate system. Global climate models are used to predict future changes, including changes influenced by human behavior and natural factors.
Sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible management of natural resources, including the development of technologies.
Global climate models used to predict changes continue to be improved, although discoveries about the global climate system are ongoing and continually needed.


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