Resources for Teaching and Learning About Energy
We collaborate with other energy education organizations such as the ones below. If you want additional contact information for any organization please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Energy Education Development (NEED) – has the most extensive materials for teaching about energy. They conduct workshops to acquaint teachers with their materials.
State Energy Conservation Office (SECO)
SECO’s mission is to maximize energy efficiency while protecting the environment.
Description of SECO’s great curriculum:
Alternative Energy begins by introducing physical and chemical principles of energy and fuels, then proceeds to investigations of the nature and extent of energy resources, the economics and environmental effects of energy use, alternative energy technologies, global climate change, and related health and safety issues. Thematic lessons are included for schools that use a school-wide approach to teaching.
SECO has a site called Watt Watchers. It has many wonderful activities. Watt Watchers of Texas is a free, state sponsored program to help schools save energy and money by getting students involved.
Project Learning Tree is through the American Forest Foundation. Their PreK-8 Energy & Society kit uses hands-on activities, music, and dance to teach about energy. They will teach the teachers how to use their materials and then give them the materials for free.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).
SPE’s Oil and Natural Gas book has online materials.
The Offshore Energy Center’s Ocean Star in Galveston has a jack up drilling rig students can visit to learn all about the offshore business. They also have programs for teachers and scouts. They have free traveling classroom exhibits teachers can use for one month to help teach about energy.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management which used to be Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, and before that was Minerals Management Service, will send you posters with lessons related to the Gulf of Mexico. This includes geological information related to the oil industry. Their kids site has great activities.
The Bureau of Economic Geology has great resources. They have a warehouse in the Houston area where you can see core samples from all over the world. Geologists go here to do research.
TEA Science List
If you are not already receiving information from the TEA Science List go here to sign up. Check out the other Lists to find many more you may be interested in. It is a great resource for teacher and student awards and opportunities.
Texas Girls Collaborative Project
The TxGCP connects organizations and individuals across Texas committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
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Global Foot Print
Global Footprint http://mapstories.esri.com/globalfootprint/ has an interactive map and graph to compare bio-capacities of countries around the globe. See which countries have been ecological “debtors” and which have been ecological “creditors” since 1961.
TD Flash Zone
Science flash information, quizzes, and games http://tdflashzone.net23.net/
The Department of Energy is in the process of developing energy education curriculum for all who are involved in energy education. A free booklet can be ordered on the site.
La traducción española del Marco Alfabetización Energía http://energy.gov/eere/energia
Aligned with their Energy Literacy Principles is another wonderful site:
http://cleanet.org/index.html which includes a collection of climate and energy resources appropriate for middle and high school.
The EIA now has a Flickr page where you can download information, charts, maps and images relating to production, consumption, pricing, transportation, and other energy topics covered by EIA’s reports. Information is included for the nation and for individual states. https://www.flickr.com/photos/eiagov/sets/
Here is a quick guide to solar energy in your home
This is a great resource for classroom use. Tell your math teachers too!
Nico the Ninja’s Energy Activities
Texas Regional Collaboratives
Take Care of Texas
Resources for Teachers and Educators
Houston Clean Air Network
Local Houston Resources
Edudemic: connecting Technology and the Classroom
2012 Enviornmental Resource Guide http://www.cechouston.org/resourceguide/2012resourceguide.pdf
Go Green Squads Presents – The Energy Detectives
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
Click Here to find out what’s happing out in Midland
Great resources to download from U.S. Global Change Research Program
Switch Energy Project Screenings
Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games
The National Science Foundation has partnered with NBC Learn (the educational arm of NBC News) to release the “Science and Engineering of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games”–the latest installment in the Emmy Award-winning “Science of Sports” series.
This enlightening 10-part video collection, narrated by NBC Sports’ Liam McHugh, delves into the physics, engineering, chemistry, design and mathematics behind the world’s foremost sporting event:
• Physics of slopestyle skiing: Nick Goepper
• Engineering the half pipe: Shaun White
• Engineering competition suits: Shani Davis
• Injury and recovery: Lindsey Vonn
• Science of ice: J.R. Celski, Britanny Bowe, Gracie Gold
• Science of snow: Ted Ligety, Heather McPhie
• Engineering faster and safer bobsleds: Steve Langton, Steve Holcomb
• Alpine skiing and vibration damping: Julia Mancuso, Heath Calhoun
• Figure skating physics: Evan Lysacek, Gracie Gold, Ashley Wagner, Meryl Davis, Charlie White
• Olympic movement and robotic design: Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Julie Chu, Shaun White
The series’ diverse topics reveal how key engineering and science concepts and cutting-edge technology play an integral part in each athlete’s respective sport and help maximize their performance at the 2014 Sochi Games.
Each episode is available cost-free to teachers, students and the public at NBCLearn.com and NSF websites (nsf.gov, Science360).
“These stories demonstrate the interplay between sports and engineering, in areas from robotics to medical treatments,” said Pramod Khargonekar, NSF’s assistant director for engineering. “We hope the impressive feats of athletes and engineering researchers will engage and inspire young people, as they see how engineering technologies can change many facets of our lives.”
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If you attended the Energy Conservation Club Kick Off on October 9th, you may want these sites:
More great general sites about energy:
Great interactive demonstration about porosity:
Energy Production processes:
Virtual tour of a power plant:
Biomass virtual tour:
Oil Sands Mining:
Great lessons for all grades:
American Chemical Society
A great video for grades 5 and up:
Economics of energy:
Food and energy conservation:
Harness the Power of the Sun: The Complete Guide to Using Solar Energy
Going Green with Solar Panels in the Home
24 Ways to Make Your Classroom Eco Friendly This Year
Eco & Environmental Scholarships, Internships, and Activities
Go Green & Get Green: Tax Rebates and Incentives for Green Home Improvements
Green Jobs: A Resource Guide for Individuals with Disabilities