Renewable Energy Education
Educational Resources for Teachers and Students
Clarkson University Partnership Program
Clarkson's K-12 project Based Learning Partnership Program attempts to improve math, science and technology education in rural schools. It was developed with funding from the National Science Foundation and has continued with added financial assistance from the GE Foundation. Major new funding from the National Science Foundation will allow the program to expand. A detailed description and information on how to join is on the site.
Department of Energy's Energy $mart Schools Program
This program, aimed at making schools more energy efficient, contains links to various schools sites and other energy-related information.
Energy for Keeps: Electricity from Renewable Energy
This website offers a free download of “Energy for Keeps: Electricity from Renewable Energy,” a teacher’s guide about renewable resources. It has been simplified and prepared for the high school classroom setting.
The Energy Information Administration website offers a section for younger children. It has different activities aimed at enhancing their knowledge of renewable resources. In addition to games and other activities, the site provides timelines and fact sheets that deal with renewable resources. Information in this section is geared toward children.
Created by the Florida Solar Energy Center, this colorful and attractive site is geared toward students and teachers. It features experiments, real-time data, an art gallery, and lesson plans for classroom activities.
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) is the largest and most active state-supported renewable energy and energy efficiency research, training, testing and certification institute in the United States. The site contains several renewable energy curricula that can form a six-week stand-alone science unit or individual class sessions. The curriculum gives complete details on more than 30 classroom presentations. The material is free.
Idaho's Wind Energy for Educators
This website features lesson plans on wind energy for elementary, middle, and high school classroom settings.
Interstate Renewable Energy Council's Schools Going Solar Clearinghouse
This group is committed to accelerating the sustainable utilization of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state, local government, and community activities. The site provides news about what's happening across the country, concerning solar energy in schools and how to bring solar energy to individual schools.
The KidWind Project website provides information about the efforts of a team of teachers, students, engineers, and practitioners who are exploring the science behind wind energy in classrooms around the United States. The website provides links to different resources and curriculum that can be useful to educators when teaching about wind energy.
The Kids Zone offers student projects, information, science and art "rooms," plus an "ask the scientists" section. The website also contains a "Teacher Section" that provides educators with information and lesson plans that can be used when teaching about energy.
National Energy, Education, Development Project (NEED)
The NEED Project and the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of the Interior are partnering to bring teachers and students more resources about energy. Included in this site are links to resources that can be used by teachers and by students. Links to similar programs and specific state programs are also provided.
Northeast Sustainable Energy Association K-12 Education Department (NESEA)
The NESEA K-12 Education Department offers professional development opportunities and resources for teachers, non-formal educators, community mentors. It provides a curriculum and programs on energy efficiency and energy conservation. Downloadable curricular units are available.
Oberlin College Environmental Studies Program
This site provides live data on environmental conditions at Oberlin College. The data acquisition system is designed to analyze and display flows of energy and matter in real time. A Living Machine that tracks water usage is also online.
The PBS Kids website contains lesson plans that are designed for physical science, earth science, or environmental science classrooms in grades 9-12. It provides all the information needed for a teacher to be able to conduct an individual lesson or even an entire unit on wind energy and renewable resources.
The Solar Schoolhouse website offers California teachers and students information about numerous conferences and workshops on solar energy. In addition to upcoming events, the website provides proceedings and other useful information on past events. It also gives links to many presentations and papers that can be used by educators to develop a solar energy lesson plan. The website has a convenient online registration.
This website provides educators information, lesson plans, and school data on the topic of energy.
Texas Solar for Schools
This website is specifically geared toward teachers working in Texas. Lesson plans on all forms of renewable energy are available.
U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America's Links to Educational Materials for Wind
Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP)
KEEP is the collaborative effort of the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education and the Energy Center. The website is designed to give teachers the tools and information they need to successfully integrate energy education into their classroom activities.
Arizona Education for Renewables
This blog site is specifically designed for teachers as a place to exchange information and to share interesting stories about PV experiences at schools, nationwide.
International Schools looking for Solar Buddies!
Björn Jürgensen is helping his school find international solar school partners. Pupils in Hannover, Germany, already have a solar electric system and a website with an English language section - www.igs-muehlenberg.de.
Its purpose is to help students, worldwide, who are interested in exchanging information and building contacts to develop relationships with students in Germany. Those who are interested, may contact Björn Jürgensen at email@example.com.
Mr. Anand Rao is interested in promoting solar power in schools in India. He is looking for possible partnerships between schools in the United States and schools in India. Mr. Rao is working on providing a school in India in the Himalayan state of Uttaranchal with solar powered computers. Mr. Rao says, "In the developing world such as in India, renewables can make a tremendous impact. On the most fundamental level, renewables through their independence from the grid would free the school from dependence on the government from electricity needs.
The importance of this cannot be overstated, as in many schools the issue is not the availability of power in the region but of school not having the funds or the resources to invest in wiring and even if wiring is there, the inability of the school to pay the recurring costs for using power. Renewables through one fixed investment would solve most of the above problems. Additionally, as elsewhere, renewables in schools can have an enormous educational impact on the children and the community as a whole.
Schools interested in connecting with schools in India to share experiences on renewable energy may contact Anand Rao directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last Updated: 08/20/2012