Cockrell School of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Thirst for Power: A Virtual Field Trip

Age group: Middle/Junior High School, High School

Water and energy are the two fundamental components of a society, and they are interconnected. Thirst for Power, shot on location across France, California, and Texas, explores the history of civilization’s quest to procure abundant water and energy from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America’s vast hydroelectric infrastructure. The film explores our dependence on water for energy as well as vulnerabilities in our current systems. Changing the way we think about water and energy can secure the long-term sustainability of both precious resources. The documentary combines anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water, and identifies a hopeful path toward wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity.

This virtual field trip is powered by Itron, Inc and CPS Energy as part of the Smart Energy Education initiative in partnership with KLRN Public Television, the Paramount Theatre, The University of Texas at Austin, and Alpheus Media.

This on demand film screening with a digital study guide, Q&A session, and virtual field trip are vailable March 6 through May 31.