Chinese Energy Plan Project Essay

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With our modern world being so absorbed in technology, it would be “behind the times” to allow ISA students to not use the new technological tools that dangle at our finger tips. Not only are we so graciously allowed to us smart phones to do work but we are encouraged and often expected to use tools to enhance our presentations and research. This essay is being read from a blog, with a Power Point presentation as the artifact, which had been stored in “Google Docs” the online work server. All of this newfangled technology really progressed our knowledge of technological application in presentational mediums as well as easing the burden of research and communication within groups. The Graduate Profile, which resides online at the International School of the Americas’ homepage, states the necessity of knowing how to “use appropriate technological tools to facilitate critical research, analytical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, and professional presentations.”
In Physics, in the face of the Japanese nuclear meltdowns, we were given an assignment to propose an energy plan to a city or country. My group chose Hong Kong, China because of the massive population and its massive need for energy. The project was to be a presentation that addressed the city’s background information, the problem or issues facing the city’s energy use, our proposition and equal roles in delivering the presentation. Our group decided a Power Point over the Google Docs server would be the best medium to have equal amounts of accessibility to the presentation. The background information was to benefit the audience, to allow them to have a base understanding of the city’s situation. The region, location and things that would have influence over the energy proposal would have to be addressed and supportive of our plan. The current energy usage rates and types of resources used would be included to have a clear implication of the problem, usually the over consumption of non-renewable resources. Following the background information, the explanation of why the energy usage and rates are so alarming would show the audience why change was necessary. The pros and cons would be laid out plainly and a projected future energy use would shock people, especially like a country like China. Our energy plan would be presented and the “energy board” would ask questions, analyzing your research and thought process. It was to be a day of worry for environmentally friendly people, hearing about the pollution and damage some countries and cities cause. Fortunately, the day would end brighter because of the “solutions”, giving hope to the possibility that governments could change energy use policies in the future.
When researching for this project, it was often difficult to find energy statistics on a communist country. Where there is a will there is way because with enough scrutiny and effort, we hit the proverbial jackpot a few times, giving us significant information. I was...

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