Energy Curriculum Ideas
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Connecticut Energy Education is a web based tool for teachers and students.
The program provides lessons in the Fundamentals of Energy, Air Quality and Climate Change, and in Energy Efficiency.
Written for High Schools in Connecticut, many lessons are also adaptable to other grades or locations.
Connecticut Energy Education is brought to you by the staff of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. The program is funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund, money raised to support energy efficiency programs and initiatives through a surcharge on Connecticut customer electric bills.
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Test a unit or activity in your Connecticut high school classroom and earn valuable Energy Stuff. For more information contact Laurel Kohl at 860-465-0256 or KOHLL@easternct.edu
CT Energy Education Lessons are aligned to the Connecticut Grade 9 Science Frameworks
Student Choice-- Affecting Our World
Energy discussions, including different sources of energy, environmental issues, climate change questions and energy efficiency should all include what you and your students can do to make a difference. CT Energy Education suggests using the Ecological Footprint and the 10% Challenge as tools for students to see why energy matters in their lives.
The 10% Challenge is a voluntary program to raise public awareness about global climate
change and to encourage households and businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10 percent. The 10% Challenge was developed by The Alliance for Climate Action, a group of local, regional and state-level professionals in Burlington, Vermont.
The 10% Challenge provides the tools and the information necessary to conserve energy at home and at work.
The Ecological Footprint measures the amount of renewable and nonrenewable resources that are used by our daily activities.
Find more information below in the Climate Change section.
Ecological Footprint Student Commitment and Calculator worksheet for students
Fundamentals of Energy
National Energy Education Development Information Sheets (NEED) Intermediate and High School Level information sheets on all fuel types and technologies.
Cat-Traption Cat-Traption explores different forms of energy and transitions between those forms. The lesson ideas link an online animation with worksheets and activities to help students understand energy forms. Cat-Traption packet includes:
Introductions to Energy Use This lesson set can be used to open different kinds of Energy Units, including different energy sources, climate change related to energy used, and energy efficiency studies. The introductions can be used to illustrate to students the historical perspective of Energy Use over time in the US.
Introductions to Energy Use Lesson Set includes:
Air Quality and Climate Change
The Science of Climate Change
Background on Climate Change from The NationalCenter for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the UCAR Office of Programs. A clear explanation of the science of Climate Change.
Ecological Footprint The Ecological Footprint measures the amount of renewable and nonrenewable resources that are used by our activities. This lesson set can be used as a classroom assignment or discussion. The lesson will support classroom units that examine energy use, efficiency, conservation and climate change. You can use the Ecological Footprint as an attention grabbing introduction to understanding the science of climate change or as a bridge into Student Solutions to the issues, presented after your students have an understanding of the science of climate change and/or energy use.
Ecological Footprint Lesson Set includes:
12 Steps to a Sustainable HighSchool Assess the sustainability of your school and empower students to make changes. Connecticut Envirothon has chosen to use 12 Steps as part of their 2006 challenge.
12 Steps to a Sustainable High School Lesson Set includes:
Connecticut Info Sheets on Climate Change. Information from the US Environmental Protection Agency, National Wildlife Federation and The Connecticut Climate Coalition. Learn about the effects of Climate Change and what is happening in Connecticut.
Connecticut CAPT Imbedded Task: Strand III Global Interdependence, Laboratory Investigation of Acid Rain
Student Information: http://www.state.ct.us/sde/dtl/curriculum/science/strand3studentlab.doc
Writing Across the Disciplines, CT CAPT Writing: Connecticut customers of the public electric utilities have a new option to buy renewable-source energy. As of fall 2005, more than 3000 customers have chosen these new options. Many towns in Connecticut have taken up the challenge to get 20 % of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the year 2010 ~ the 20% by 2010 Campaign. Use Connecticut Clean Energy Options to build your students’ CAPT Writing Skills.
Benchmarking your School Use EPA’s Energy Star Benchmark Portfolio Manager to assess the energy use in your school or town building. Benchmarking provides a comparison of your building to others and is a first tool in assessing the need for energy efficiency improvements.
Games, Activities and Student Solutions
The Great Green Web Game
The Great Energy Game