Energy Education Resources

The SMART Competition:
The SMART Competition is a high school team-based STEM and CTE education program that provides hands-on learning experience and practical investigation of sustainability, intelligent building design, renewable technology and the smart grid.
The competition encourages an academic interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), provides a hands-on, career technology based real-world engineering experience (CTE) and increases student motivation to learn and stay in school while providing an opportunity for fun and creative student-team academic activities. Solutions will use reality modeling and address Green Building Design, Energy Conservation, Localized Power Generation, Intelligent Power Distribution, Architecture, Sustainable Technology, Transportation and Electric Vehicles. The ultimate goal of the program is to expand student interest in pursuing related university studies and STEM/CTE related careers.

Arizona Science Center:
With hands-on informal science and formal educational programs for ages 3–17, Arizona Science Center provides formal educational opportunities for educators, parents and others in the community.  The Science Center serves 500,000 students, teachers and families throughout the year with educational programs and events.

CREATE at Arizona Science Center® is where science, design, and engineering collide! Inspired by the productivity of an inventor’s workshop, the creativity of an art studio, and the experimentation of a lab, CREATE is a 6,500 square-foot community hub for turning dreams into reality.
At CREATE, people of all ages can share ideas, collaborate on projects and learn about science, technology, engineering, math and art through making. By using state-of-the-art, computer-controlled equipment and traditional crafting tools, visitors will have the chance to cut, saw, code, hammer, sew, paint, solder and much more!

How Wind Turbines Work: An Animated Guide to the Science of Wind Turbines
When driving by a wind turbine farm, it’s impossible not to marvel at the sheer size and power of these machines. While the science may seem modern day, the concept has been around for millenniums. Its predecessor, the simple windmill, can be traced as far back as 200 B.C. when it was used for simple farming like grinding grain and drawing water. It’s not until 1888 when the first electricity producing wind turbine would be brought to the U.S. Today, it powers everything from neighborhoods to schools to telecom towers.

SWITCH Educational Video
This film provides a fun, engaging opportunity for your students to learn about the issues surrounding energy and the part we all play in our global energy future. Use this link to go to the SWITCH website and see ‘chapters’ of the film by specific topics including renewables, natural gas, environment, transmission, and so much more! Teachers may also order FREE copies of the DVD to present in their classrooms.

U.S. DOE – Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)
Learning About Energy
Here you’ll find resources that will help you learn or teach about energy, especially about energy efficiency and renewable energy. Find grade-appropriate lesson plans and curriculum for teaching energy topics.

U.S. DOE – EERE General Renewable Energy (Dr. E’s Energy Lab)
This site is an excellent resource for students to engage in activities which help understand renewable energy.

NREL – Learning About Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency
Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are key to creating a clean energy future for not only the nation, but the world. This web site describes NREL’s research in renewable energy technologies, and also provides information on energy efficiency and various applications of renewable energy.

Energy Information Administration – Energy Kids’ Page
Most activities were developed by the National Energy Education Development Project in cooperation with the Energy Information Administration. This web site contains a selection of stories, hands-on activities, and research articles for students of all learning styles and levels.

Arizona Solar Center – Education
This is your Arizona source for solar energy information. Come inside and explore various technologies, including photovoltaics, solar cooking, solar water heating, solar architecture, wind power, and hands-on activities for the classroom.

Florida Solar Energy Center – Education
The Florida Solar Energy Center is a research institution of the University of Central Florida (UCF) and, as such, FSEC actively participates in the educational programs of UCF. The University of Central Florida, located in Orlando, FL, is one of the fastest growing, metropolitan research universities in the country.

Solar Energy International – Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future
SEI’s Solar In the Schools (SIS) program focuses on the creation, implementation, and dissemination of renewable energy curriculum. The SIS program goals are three-fold: the proliferation of youth-geared renewable energy education in Colorado and beyond through presentations and curriculum development, the installation of renewable energy technology in the schools themselves, and the eventual realization of a multi day accredited renewable energy education workshop for teachers. SIS emphasizes critical thinking skills by exploring energy choices, conducting scientific experiments, raising awareness, and promoting creative solutions to today’s energy issues.

Kid Wind Project
The KidWind Project is a team of teachers, students, engineers and practitioners exploring the science behind wind energy in classrooms around the US. The goal is to introduce as many people as possible to the elegance of wind power through hands-on science activities which are challenging, engaging and teach basic science principles.

National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project
The mission of the National Energy Education Development Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government, and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.

National Energy Foundation – Resources for Education
The NATIONAL ENERGY FOUNDATION provides curriculum, training and materials that promote a better understanding of energy, natural resources, and the environment.

Energy Hog
Learn how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. You’ll save money, improve the comfort of your home, and help the environment too.

Energy Quest
Energy Quest is the award-winning energy education website of the California Energy Commission. It debuted on the World Wide Web on October 1, 1995, to celebrate October as National Energy Awareness Month! Energy is an integral part of our daily lives. Without energy our society would decay into pre-historic savagery. Teaching an “energy ethic” to conserve finite resources is essential to our energy future, which is currently dependent on fossil fuels. We also must rely on our youth to help us create new ways to harness the elemental forces of our planet and the universe. They are tomorrow’s scientists and inventors. They will discover new means of energy production and innovative ways to use less energy. We hope Energy Quest will answer their questions and spur creativity and imagination.

National Science Foundation

Energy Net
Energy Net is an engaged learning program that integrates technology, standard-based learning and workplace skills

Segue to Solar: STEM Education Products – Green Gifts

Tech Ed: Renewable and Non-renewable Energy Resources for Technology Education

PITSCO Ideas & Solutions

National Geographic: Renewable Energy

National Geographic: Non-Renewable Energy

The City of Phoenix Recycling Program Game:
Learn about Phoenix’s recycling programs in a fun way with our brand new Zero Waste sorting game. Sort materials correctly and win fun items to build your own digital park!