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Energy Infobooks are the resource for many NEED activities and include an introduction to energy, information on major sources of energy, new technologies, energy conservation, electricity, climate change, and other energy information. They are available on four reading levels and are revised and updated annually.
Secondary Energy Infobook Activities (e-publication)
These guides are companion activities to the Energy Infobooks. They are available on four reading levels that correspond to the infobooks and include Teacher Guides and answer keys for general energy information, energy sources, electricity, and conservation.
Blueprint for School Energy Teams e-publication
A tool for schools seeking to lower energy consumption through the adoption of school energy policies
and the formation of a student energy team.
Comparing Auto Racing Fuels Secondary Teacher (e-publication)
Comparing Auto Racing Fuels Secondary Student (e-publication)
The objective of this activity is to compare racing fuels, and list the pros and cons of different racing fuels.
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.
Chemistry and Energy Efficiency
In this web-based curriculum, teachers and students take an in- depth look at chemistry in daily life, the use of energy by the chemistry industry, life cycles of products and activities, careers in the chemistry industry, and the impact the chemistry industry has on carbon dioxide production and climate change.
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)
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 Conservation Contract (e-publication)
In this outreach activity, students learn about energy conservation and ask their families to sign contracts in which they agree to save energy. Students then calculate the energy savings, and re- evaluate their conservation measures.
Energy Enigma (e-publication)
Students put on their detective hats and research clues to uncover energy facts in Energy Enigma. Teams use reading, brainstorming, and organizational skills to hide the identity of their energy source while trying to guess which energy sources the other teams represent. Teacher instructions and masters are included. Browser based HTML Version (zipped file) - Instructions for Use
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.
Energy Flows (e-publication)
This hands-on activity explains the forms of energy and energy transformations to students. It can be used as a stand-alone activity or a companion activity to the Science of Energy Kit.
Energy Games and Icebreakers (e-publication)
This guide contains offers entertaining activities to introduce energy, efficiency, and conservation to students, as well as reinforce the information that has already been presented. Round Up Posters - Video of Energy Chants
Energy Jeopardy and Energy Jeopardy Powerpoint (e-publication)
Students will enjoy NEED’s spin on the popular trivia game show. Jeopardy categories that help to reinforce your energy unit include: More MPGs, Famous Americans in Energy, Leading Nations, and more.
Energy Live (e-publication)
Student rock bands write songs and sing about energy sources, electricity, and conservation and efficiency in this entertaining activity. Audiences learn more from these energy rock stars as they tell their stories to interviewers out to get the latest energy scoops. Teacher and student instructions are included, along with sample songs and interviews.
Energy Math Challenge
The Energy Math Challenge strengthens students’ math and critical thinking skills while increasing their knowledge of energy. Students work individually or in teams to solve energy math problems.
Energy on Stage (e-publication)
This resource includes plays and poems on energy sources and energy conservation, with individual teacher guides that have expanded vocabulary and extensions.
Secondary Energy Poll
Energy Polls can be used to assess students’ basic energy knowledge, as well as their opinions about energy before and after your classroom energy unit.
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
Exploring Coal (e-publication)
A multi-disciplinary unit that addresses the science behind coal and how it is used for energy and industry. Hands-on, critical thinking, and laboratory excercises expose secondary students to coal formation, coal mining, reclamation of lands, uses of coal, electricity generation, and the advantages and disadvantges of utilizing coal.
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.
Exploring Hydroelectricity Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Exploring Hydroelectricity Student Guide (e-publication)
These integrated and inquiry-based activities provide secondary students with a comprehensive study of the scientific, economic, environmental, technological, and societal aspects of hydropower. The kit is comprised of a Teacher Guide, a class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities, including those needed to build six model hydropower turbines.
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.
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.
Exploring Wind Energy Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Exploring Wind Energy Student Guide (e-publication)
These hands-on critical thinking activities help students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, economic, environmental, technological, and societal aspects of wind energy. 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.
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
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.
Global Trading Game (e-publication)
In this activity developed by the Ohio Energy Project, students become economic advisors, geologists, international traders, and miners as they analyze their assigned country’s resources and needs, then trade resources with other countries to enhance their economic position and environmental quality.
Great Energy Debate (e-publication)
Students evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the major energy sources in a debate format. Each student group represents one of the energy sources and develops arguments on the merits of its energy source over the other energy sources. Teacher instructions and masters are included. Debate Game Board (xls)
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.
Learning and Conserving Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Learning and Conserving Student Guide (e-publication)
In this activity, students explore energy consumption and conservation by reading utility meters and utility bills, comparing EnergyGuide labels, and exploring electric nameplates. Students conduct comprehensive surveys of the school building and school energy consumption—gathering, recording, and analyzing data, and monitoring energy usage. Students work in groups to develop comprehensive energy management plans for the school that include suggestions for retrofits, systems management, and conservation practices. The kit includes a Teacher Guide, class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.
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
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
NEED Songbook (e-publication)
Reinforce energy concepts and sing along to NEED’s favorite songs including the NEED Clap, E-N-E-R-G-Y, and What Do You Do With An Energy Waster? Videos of NEED Songs
Polymers and Auto Racing (e-publication)
The objective of this activity is to compare polymers used in racing.
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
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.
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.
Schools Going Solar (e-publication)
This guide provides lessons and activities to support and incorporate installed photovoltaic systems into the classroom learning environment.
Secondary Science of Energy (e-publication)
These guides include background information and hands-on experiments to explore the different forms of energy and how energy is transformed from one form to another. Groups of students master six stations, then teach others about the energy transformations at their stations. Teacher demonstrations are included to introduce the unit. Reinforcement activities are also included. The stations include equipment to teach transformations focusing on kinetic and potential energy, heat, light, motors, batteries, and electromagnetism.
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.
Thermodynamics Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Thermodynamics Student Guide (e-publication)
This unit includes hands-on experiments that explore concepts of thermodynamics. The guide includes detailed teacher instructions, a list of materials, and student worksheets. Thermal energy topics covered include: molecular structure, conduction, convection, radiation, specific heat, heat of fusion, and heat of vaporization.
Transportation Fuels Debate
Students evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of conventional and alternative transportation fuels in a debate format. Teacher instructions and masters are included to help students develop arguments on the merits of each fuel.
Transportation Fuels Enigma (e-publication)
Students put on their detective hats to research clues to uncover energy facts about transportation fuels in this cooperative learning activity. Teams use reading, brainstorming, and organizational skills to hide the identity of their transportation fuel while trying to guess which fuels the other teams represent. Teacher instructions and masters are included. Browser based HTML Version (zipped file) and Instructions for Use
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.
Transportation Fuels Rock Perfomances (e-publication)
Student rock bands write songs and sing about transportation fuels in this entertaining activity. Audiences learn more from these energy rock stars as they tell their stories to interviewers out to get the latest scoops. Teacher and student instructions are included, along with sample songs and interviews.
U.S. Energy Geography
This HTML based resource includes U.S. maps covering all ten energy sources, energy production, energy consumption, and more! These maps are an excellent resource for any energy- related discussion or multi-disciplinary activity.
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.
Yesterday in Energy (e-publication)
This activity allows students to travel back in time without leaving the classroom. Students conduct interviews and do research to learn about an create exhibits depicting energy use in the good old days.
Youth Awards Program Guide (e-publication)
This guide helps classrooms and student groups prepare energy outreach projects and document their work for submission to NEED’s Annual Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement.