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Building Science  (e-publication)

This unit teaches the science behind keeping building occupants healthy and comfortable and the buildings energy efficient. Activities introduce the house as a system, explore conduction with insulation materials, look at heat transfer using infrared thermometers, simulate home airflow, and test building performance measures. The kit includes a Teacher Guide, a class set of student guides, and all of the tools and materials necessary to conduct the activities.

Intermediate Energy EfficiencyScienceLanguage Arts
 

 


Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage  (e-publication)

This guide incorporates informational text and hands-on explorations  to  teach  students  about  the  properties  of carbon dioxide. Students also explore existing and developing technologies that allow carbon to be captured from stationary sources, utilized for production, or stored in geologic formations.

Secondary CoalNatural GasPetroleumPropaneClimate ChangeScienceMathSocial Studies
    
 



Current Energy Affair  (e-publication)

This activity is modeled after a television news broadcast, with student-correspondents reporting on seven major areas of electric power generation.



  



Digital Energy  (e-publication)

Students use NEED Infobooks and graphics to prepare digital presentations that teach others about energy topics. Energy 101 PowerPoint






ElectroWorks Teacher Guide (e-publication)
ElectroWorks Student Guide (e-publication)

This guide includes background information and hands-on experiments to explore the basic concepts of atomic structure and electricity. Included are center-based experiments on static electricity, batteries, magnets, electromagnetism, and circuits.

Elementary Intermediate Electricity and MagnetismScienceMathLanguage Arts
 
 



Elementary Transporation Fuels Infobook

Students explore conventional and alternative transportation fuels such as petroleum-based fuels, ethanol, electricity, biodiesel, compressed natural gas, and propane. Student backgrounders and suggested activities are included.

Elementary Intermediate TransportationScienceLanguage Arts
 
  



Energy Analysis (e-publication)

This activity emphasizes research and analysis of information in graph format to discern energy trends. Using the Energy Information Administration’s Energy Perspectives and a Teacher Guide with additional graphs. Students analyze energy trends based on historical and societal events.  Energy Flows Powerpoint


 




Energy and Our Rivers  (e-publication)

This module examines how energy sources are transported along the nation’s rivers. Hands-on science and social studies activities encourage students to think about the importance of rivers as modes of transportation.



 



Energy Around the World  (e-publication)

This guide includes maps and energy information for countries around the world. Student groups research assigned countries and make presentations to the class that compare United States energy use to energy use around the globe.



 



Energy Expo and Exhibit Question Sheets   (e-publication)

Students work in groups to develop hands-on exhibits and make presentations to teach others. Expos focus on energy sources, transportation fuels, and energy conservation with directions included in this guide.

Elementary Intermediate SecondaryEnergy SourcesPublic Speaking
 
  



Energy From the Sun Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Energy From the Sun Student Guide  (e-publication)

Intermediate students learn about solar energy through investigations that explore radiant energy transforming into thermal energy, kinetic energy, chemical energy, and electricity. The kit includes a Teacher Guide, a class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.

Intermediate SolarScienceSocial Studies
 

 



Energy from the Wind Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Energy from the Wind Student Guide  (e-publication)

Intermediate students develop a comprehensive understanding of wind formation, wind energy, and electricity generation from wind through reading, critical thinking activities, and hands-on investigations. The kit comes with a Teacher Guide, a class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities, including two KidWind Basic Turbines and geared nacelles.

Intermediate WindScienceSocial Studies
 

 



Energy From Uranium  (e-publication)

Through background information and hands-on activities, students will learn the chemistry and physics of the uranium atom, the process of fission, the history of nuclear energy, and its role in producing electricity. A culminating assignment at the close of the unit has students researching and preparing for a mock Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing regarding the building of a new nuclear reactor. The guides each contain detailed teacher guides and reproducible masters.

Uranium

   



Energy House (e-publication)

In this activity, students learn about efficiency, conservation, and diminishing returns by using various materials to insulate their house and then test its efficiency.

Elementary Intermediate Energy EfficiencyScienceMathSocial Studies
 
  



EnergyWorks Teacher Guide  (e-publicationPowerPoint
EnergyWorks Student Guide   (e-publication)

The EnergyWorks guides include background information and hands-on experiments that explore motion, light, sound, heat, growth, and powering technology.

 
 

 



Exploring Climate Change (e-publication)

The climate change curriculum addresses current concerns about climate change and the science behind the carbon cycle. Students will understand why we use the sources we do, and how their use is impacting the world.  Carbon Cycle PowerPoint  Carbon Cycle Posters

Climate Change
 
 



Exploring Hybrid Buses

These guides teach students about hybrid electric buses and encourage them to evaluate the economic and environmental advantages and disadvantages of such vehicles.   Download sample performance data for the hybrid bus activities from Kentucky's Hybrid Horsepower Project

Intermediate Secondary TransportationScienceMath
 
 



Exploring Nuclear Energy  (e-publication)

Through background information and hands-on activities, students will learn the chemistry and physics of the uranium atom, the process of fission, the history of nuclear energy, and its role in producing electricity. A culminating assignment at the close of the unit has students researching and preparing for a mock Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing regarding the building of a new nuclear reactor. The guides each contain detailed teacher guides and reproducible masters.

Uranium

   


Exploring Ocean Energy and Resources Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Exploring Ocean Energy and Resources Student Guide (e-publication)

Informational text, hands-on explorations, and critical thinking and engineering design activities introduce students to the sources of energy found offshore and the non-energy related mineral resources found in our ocean environments.






Exploring Oil and Gas  (e-publication)      Nifty Natural Gas Story Props (pdf)

Through background reading and hands-on activities, students are introduced to the basic concepts of oil and natural gas formation, composition, exploration, production, processing, and use.


 
 



Exploring Photovoltaics Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Exploring Photovoltaics Student Guide  (e-publication)

Secondary students learn how solar energy is used to generate electricity.  Students are introduced to photovoltaic systems, concentrated solar power, and developing solar technologies.  Activities explore how photovoltaic cells work and what variables affect their electrical output.

Secondary SolarScience
 

 



Fossil Fuels to Products   (e-publication)

Hands-on activities and background information introduce students to fossil fuels and the processes involved to create many of the products we use. Students learn about exploration, production, refining, chemical manufacturing, transportation, marketing, and uses of petroleum, natural gas, and their products in the industrial sector.  Fractional Distillation Activity

Intermediate Secondary Natural GasPetroleumScienceCareers
 
 



Get Your Motors Running  (e-publication)

In this activity students will identify components of an engine, compare motors and generators, and compare similarities and differences between racing engines and personal vehicle engines.

Elementary Intermediate Secondary





H2 Educate Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
H2 Educate Student Guide  (e-publication)

Intermediate and secondary students are introduced to hydrogen as an important energy carrier both as a fuel for distributed generation and as a transportation fuel. Students conduct experiments in electrolysis, learn about atomic structure and the periodic table, make element models, simulate how a fuel cell works, and explore a hydrogen fuel cell car kit.

 

 



Hybrid Buses

These guides teach students about hybrid electric buses and encourage them to evaluate the economic and environmental advantages and disadvantages of such vehicles.

Primary Elementary TransportationScienceMathSocial Studies
 
  



Mission Possible  (e-publication)

Mission Possible is an activity in which students are challenged to develop an energy plan for a growing country.  Students consider the advantages and disadvantages of the energy sources available for them to use so that they can increase electricity production while maintaining environmental quality and quality of life.    Mission Possible Spreadsheet  

Secondary Energy SourcesElectricity and magnetism
 
 



Museum of Solid Waste and Energy  (e-publication)

Students learn about solid waste, its relationship to natural resources and energy, and options for handling solid waste including recycling, landfilling, and incineration.  Exhibit Questions   



 



Oil, Gas, and Their Energy  (e-publication)

Through background reading and hands-on activities, students are introduced to the basic concepts of oil and natural gas formation, composition, exploration, production, processing, and use. 


 
 



Plug Loads  (e-publication)

This unit guides students through an in-depth investigation of electricity consumption by appliances and machines in their school building. Students gather data and calculate energy use and economic and environmental costs over time, and determine ways to reduce consumption.  Plug Loads Worksheet   


 
 



Polymers and Auto Racing  (e-publication)

The objective of this activity is to compare polymers used in racing.

Elementary Intermediate SecondaryTransportationScience





Saving Energy at Home and School Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Saving Energy at Home and School Student Guide  (e-publication)

Students explore energy sources, efficiency, and conservation with hands-on activities for the home and classroom environments. Students and  families  install measures from the Home Energy Efficiency Kits that correspond to the lessons learned in the classroom, and discuss their own energy use. 

Elementary Intermediate Secondary Energy EfficiencyScience
 

 



School Energy Survey Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
School Energy Survey Student Guide  (e-publication)

Students investigate all aspects of their school’s energy consumption by conducting a comprehensive energy audit and developing an energy conservation plan to implement.

  Language Arts

 



Schools Going Solar  (e-publication)

This guide provides lessons and activities to support and incorporate installed photovoltaic systems into the classroom learning environment.

Intermediate Secondary SolarScienceMath
 
 



Smart Meters  (e-publication)

Smart Meters allows students to explore smart meter technology, ways to save energy at home, investigate electricity consumption of electrical devices, and determine ways to reduce energy consumption at home.


 
 



Talking Trash (e-publication)

Students learn about solid waste, its relationship to natural resources and energy, and options for handling solid waste including recycling, landfilling, and incineration.


 


The Sun and Its Energy  (e-publication)

Primary students are introduced to solar energy with a read-aloud book and classroom-based activities. Students will learn that the sun’s energy produces light, transforms to heat, powers the water cycle, produces wind, and that solar cells convert radiant energy into electricity. The kit includes a Teacher Guide and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.

Primary SolarScience
 

 



This Mine of Mine (e-publication)

This hands-on activity, developed by the Ohio Energy Project, allows students to explore the formation, geology, recovery, and uses of coal, as well as reclamation of mine sites.

Primary Elementary Intermediate CoalScienceSocial Studies
 




Transportation Fuels Infobook

Students explore conventional and alternative transportation fuels such as petroleum-based fuels, ethanol, electricity, biodiesel, compressed natural gas, and propane. Student backgrounders and suggested activities are included.

Intermediate SecondaryTransportationScienceLanguage ArtsSocial Studies
 
  



Understanding Climate Change (e-publication)

In two books, the climate change curriculum addresses current concerns about climate change and the science behind the carbon cycle. Students will understand why we use the sources we do, and how their use is impacting the world.  Carbon Cycle PowerPoint  Carbon Cycle Posters

Climate Change
 
 



Wind for Schools (e-publication)

This guide provides lessons and activities to support and incorporate small wind systems and wind data into the classroom learning environment.

Intermediate Secondary WindScienceMath
 
 



Wonders of Oil and Gas  (e-publication)      Nifty Natural Gas Story Props (pdf)

Through background reading and hands-on activities, students are introduced to the basic concepts of oil and natural gas formation, composition, exploration, production, processing, and use.

Elementary