Resources

The Alaska Center for Energy and Power has K-12 curricula regarding various energy efficiency topics including alternative energy sources: www.akenergysmart.org/

An excellent national resource is the energy efficiency and renewable energy network of the US Department of Energy. Their website is: www.eere.energy.gov/ They specialize in renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings and transportation as well as the electric power industry. (also, see Teacher resources, as they have a special section on kids, consumers, ask an energy expert, newsletter subscriptions, and education in general).

A major resource in energy efficient building, wh ich couples very with renewable energy is the BuildingAmerica.gov Web site: www.buildingamerica.gov At this Web site there is a list of the top 25 other Web sites for energy efficient buildings, which is a very large and deep resource for all aspects of energy efficiency. In addition to those resources for teachers, some of the government listed resources in previous sections of this web page will have specific teacher curricula and resources. Particularly that's true of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) — nrel.gov Web site.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has a section at its website, which must be searched (unfortunately) called "Learning about Renewables," which has a students' resources for high school and college students section. This site focuses on renewable energies, biomass, geothermal, solar energy and wind energy. There is also a NREL education office, which serves K through 20 students, which is at www.nrel.gov/education/. This lists teacher programs, preservice teacher internships programs, science undergraduate laboratory internship programs, community college institutes of science and technology and a research participant program. There are also some competitive national middle school and high school progams such as the National Middle School Science Bowl, the Junior Solar Spread Hydrogen Fuel Cell competitions and the High School Science Bowl.

Another excellent American website, the American Solar Energy Society — www.ases.org has an educational resources for educators section on their Web site, with one section specifically dedicated to curriculum materials for K through 12 teachers. There are specific downloadable resources on:
• global warming and climate change
• passive solar building design
• photovoltaics
• solar electricity
• solar cooking, and
• wind power

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