Start Your Own Club

Who?

Any group of children such as a school class, home school, scout, or church group.

When?

A club can be formed at any time. Club recognition will take place in May.

Where?

Even though the Houston Museum of Natural Science is located in Texas, the web site can be utilized by anyone, worldwide.

Process:

  1. With your group of children, establish the need for conserving energy:

What is energy?
Energy is a difficult concept to grasp because we cannot see it. We can only see the effects of energy usage. Before getting into the science of energy it may be best to simply identify where we see energy the most in our lives:

Our own physical bodies

Transportation

Electricity

Activities:

Pre-K- 2 activity – Energy: What Is It For?

Children create Fuel for Transportation and Electricity posters using pictures from magazines or self drawn

Grades 3-5 – I Spy

As a group, students list as many places as possible they see energy being used. Extend to a homework assignment to bring in another list from home and their community. Use these observations as a source to discuss uses for energy.

Grades 6-12

After a brief discussion of what energy is used for, take a Quick Tour of Energy
Read page 1 through the graph in order to visualize some of the uses of energy.

After these activities, students should have an understanding of the importance of energy in our lives.

Why conserve energy?
Most of the energy we use comes from fossil fuels which presents several challenges:

Our supply is being depleted 
Our dependence on oil from foreign nations creates many political issues.
Climate change and possible causes – carbon dioxide – Grades 5+ see carbon movie 

Economics – it saves money to conserve energy.

2. Create in the students the desire to play a part in the situation, go to Civic Responsibility  for an activity. The following sites will also help students connect energy conservation with their civic and personal responsibility.

Civic Engagement Training

Fostering Civic Responsibility 

Teaching the Responsibilities of Citizenship 

3. Create science student journals to keep notes, records etc. Decorate journals with pictures that will give them ideas for creating their mission.

4. Students create a name and logo for their club. If time and interest allows, the group can also write a mission statement and pledge. (Watch for further lessons to help with these activities.)

5. Learning activities: Levels progress from education – action – implement – share

      1. Learn about energy
      2. Monitor energy usage
      3. Learn steps to reduce usage
      4. Implement techniques at school and home
      5. Monitor improvements
      6. Teach other children and classes
      7. Take to community – city, local businesses and neighbors – create flyers etc
      8. Enlist the help of local organizations such as Rotary Club

6. Share accomplishments:

In school
In the community – contact local stores, banks, etc where businesses would want to
exhibit children’s work
On the Energy Conservation Club web site