Energy Excursions

The Past and Future of Geothermal


Geothermal isn’t just the future, it’s the past, too! This lesson explores ancient societies’ remarkable advances made with geothermal energy and its historical record of health benefits. The lesson then jumps into the future where the reader learns about the potential growth of geothermal energy, especially in Texas. Students end the lesson with a fun design project to apply their new knowledge.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe geothermal’s history and influence on past societies
  • Explain analysts’ projections for geothermal energy usage to grow across the world and in Texas
  • Design a geothermal energy system and estimate the power output
Oklahoma Academic Standards
TEKS Standards
College Board Units and Topics
Next Generation Science Standards