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  • 9th-12th grade science teachers
  • CTE Teachers


  • NEED curriculum packet
  • Preworkshop materials
  • Classroom hydropower supplies

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

For more than 40 years, NREL’s world-class research staff has devised solutions to transform the way we generate, consume, store, and distribute energy. As the population grows and new technologies and devices are added to the grid, we must examine the effects on the grid and enhance security within our most critical systems. As environmental threats expand and human demands on urban centers increase, we need more sustainable and efficient ways of generating energy that consider resource competition worldwide. NREL continues to anticipate these challenges, offering solutions through research, innovation, analysis, partners, and people. We are building the foundation of tomorrow’s energy landscape and inspiring the economic growth of the future.



8:30 a.m.         Teachers begin to log in

8:35 a.m.         Introductions, norms, goals and Hydropower Kahoot

9:00 a.m.         Science of Energy Transformation Scavenger Hunt

10:00 a.m.       Energy Sources 101

Learn about our 10 energy sources, how we use them nationally with Forms and Sources, Electric Connections and Candy Collector activities.

10:55 a.m.       Quick Break

11:00 a.m.       Introduction to Hydropower 101

  • Moving Water Can Do Work

11:45 a.m.       Break for lunch and gather supplies for afternoon activities

12:15 p.m.      Hydropower Speaker with Q&A

12:35 p.m.      Hydropower for the CTE Classroom

  • Complete the Circuit Activity
  • Science of Electricity Model

1:55 p.m.        Quick Break

2:00 p.m.        Careers in Hydropower

Exploring careers in the Hydropower industry with the Hydropower Careers in the Round activity

2:30 p.m.        Wrap Up, Posttest and Evaluation

3:00 p.m.        Adjourn

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