Energy

Before accessing sites it would be wise to review your local curriculum guides and then match resources to your framework. Articulation with other grades is important. As exciting as these resources are, students can easily become confused if this topic is jumbled across different grade levels.

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Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicles Data Center

The Alternative Fuels Data Center provides maps, data sets and tools on alternative energy options.  learn more

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Biofuel From Algae At MIT

The viability of biofuels has been debated, especially among scientists. Since it requires multi-disciplinary understandings, students would be well-served to learn about it.  learn more

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Center for Environmental Journalism at CampusPress at Colorado

The Center for Environmental Journalism in Colorado is a useful 'zine model from which students can learn publishing skills in this particular domain.  learn more

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Edison Electric

The Edison Electric Institute offers 80 some experiments in basic concepts of electricity for grades 4-8.  learn more

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EIA Energy Kids Page

The Department of Energy has a wide range of resources for K-12 classrooms at it Energy Kids Page.  learn more

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How Fuel Cells Work

Learning about fuel cell technology always rears up when an energy crisis appears. Go to How Stuff Works for an understanding of alternative fuels.  learn more

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Museum of Science in Boston - Theater of Electricity

At the Boston Museum of Science activities for teaching electricity (grades 3 and up) are presented in a theater-like environment. What resources do your local museums provide?  learn more

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Nico's Activities for Kids

This resource includes two workbooks -- Energy Savings and Electrical Safety -- with activities and information you can print out and share with your students. Other topics include Tips for Getting Your Kids to Save Energy, 5 Kid-Friendly Ways to Re-Purpose An iPhone and a teacher grant program.  learn more

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Should a Person Touch 200,000 Volts?

An entertaining video by Steve Gagnon showing what happens when you touch 200,000 volts, how lighting rods really work, and why 120 volts could hurt you but 200,000 volts might not. Hint: it's the amperage that counts.  learn more

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STEM Rising - Dept of Energy

K-12 resources compiled by STEM Rising, all-things-STEM at the U.S. Department of Energy. Teachers for all ages - are you looking for STEM lesson activities, virtual learning, and research opportunities? You're in the right place. The Energy Department provides online content, resources for parents and teachers, internships and student partnership programs, and national events like…  learn more

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University of Oregon-ZEBU

The University of Oregon site consists of courseware primarily but these materials include very interesting projects for schools to replicate.  learn more

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Windmills: Putting Wind Energy to Work

What better way for students to learn about energy and energy transformation than building their own windmill. This post from PBS includes a lesson plan, worksheets and templates.  learn more