Thursday, July 9, 2009

Renewable Energy Curriculum

In addition to the benefits students derive from hands-on experience with renewable energy it is the curriculum that is the fundamental reason for what we - and they - do. As you read in the post introducing the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, curriculum is often the central focus of, or comes with, grants related to renewable energy in educational settings.

While there are many, many sources of educational materials, Energication has just scratched the surface in compiling a starting list. It would be appropriate to initially share the primary source of curriculum materials that drove the Energication concept and pledge to continue researching and sharing more in the future.

The federal government was the primary source of information for assembling the Energication concept. The graphic at the top of this post comes from the U.S. Department of Energy's "Energy Education" web site. There, they share a wealth of teaching materials in their "Get Smart About Energy" program which includes over 350 lesson plans and activities for grades K-12, sectioned by K-4, 5-8, and 9-12.

While some areas are well developed, others are merely starting points. However, included there are guides for curriculum integration, timelines, teaching materials, national standards, and much more.

Renewable energy subjects include the following:

  • Energy Basics
  • Environment
  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy
  • Biomass Energy
  • Transportation Fuels
  • Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

These make up the major technological areas of renewable energy and it is around these areas that Energication is organized. A collective adoption of these technologies is what will not only shake us from our dependence on foreign oil, but will sustainably improve the entire environmental and ecological systems with the avoidance of every barrel of oil consumed.

This is a long term vision. Education is a long term investment. Personally, I an excited about that connection. This work is important. No, it's critical - and Energication is proud to be a part of it.


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