Site Guide: Energy
Click the images above to browse teaching activities and course descriptions related to energy topics. Collections are contributed by faculty and may include service learning projects, writing assignments, field trips, course descriptions and syllabi.
General Collections of Energy Resources
Teaching Energy Literacy - This is a teacher's guide to the 2012 Energy Literacy principles released by the US Department of Energy. The energy literacy principles address energy as a physical quantity, energy in physical and biological systems, sources of energy, energy decisions, use of energy, and the effects of energy use on quality of life. These pages offer summaries of each principle, possible challenges for educators, suggested pedagogic approaches for each grade level and relevant teaching materials from the CLEAN reviewed collection.
Teaching about Energy in Geoscience Courses - From On the Cutting Edge, energy plays a big role in current climate science, as well as in policy and economics as it relates to climate change. This website contains course descriptions, an activity collection, visualizations, recommended books and websites, workshop outcomes and more.
Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) – Led by science education experts, the CLEAN Pathway project builds on the efforts of the Climate Literacy Network and the establishment of the Climate Literacy: Essential Principles of Climate Science to steward a broad collection of resources, including a hand-picked and extensively reviewed activity collection, that facilitate students, teachers, and citizens becoming climate literate and informed about "the climate's influence on you and society and your influence on climate."
Teaching about Energy - From the InTeGrate project, explore the abundant opportunities to incorporate sustainability themes into the classroom with tips for integrating energy concepts into the classroom along with example activities and courses. Energy topics are a natural fit with related themes in sustainability such as climate change, water, human population and policy. Energy concepts span the geosciences, engineering and technology, economics, policy and more.
Earth and Mind Blog posts about energy – This handful of blog posts from the Earth and Mind blog related to energy.
Teaching ActivitiesActivities for Teaching about Energy - from Cutting Edge - This collection of activities includes a variety of pedagogies and is searchable by topic, including fossil fuels, renewable energy, energy policy, and more.
Teaching Energy with Quantitative Skills - This list of activities and assignments provide a way to integrate quantitative skill development into teaching about energy.
Carbon Footprint Collection - from Cutting Edge - This web collection contains a variety of classroom activities that can be used to help students measure or reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. This type of activity can be used with introductory level students via ready-made footprint calculators, or left as open-ended calculations in upper level courses.
Teaching activities related to energy - A searchable collection of over a thousand activities from across the SERC projects that are related to energy (both as a resource and in terms of Earth's energy balance).
Experienced-Based Environmental Projects - This creative approach offers a way for students to apply classroom topics like energy use, global warming, water quality and land use to their own lives, and to realize that although these issues may be global or regional, they ultimately have roots at the individual level. The module features The Lifestyle Project, a three-week project that challenges students to learn about environmental alternatives by modifying their own lifestyles.
VisualizationsEnergy Visualizations - These visualizations include videos, illustrations, maps, etc. that can support teaching about energy in the classroom. They involve fossil fuel formation and how fuels are converted to energy, resources about nuclear energy, and alternative energy.
Energy Balance Visualizations - A set of visualizations and supporting material that can be used effectively to teach students about the Earth's energy balance. Visualizations include simple animations, GIS-based maps, videos, as well as numerous illustrations and photos.
Oil Spills - Oil spills cause enormous amounts of damage to ocean and coastal ecosystems and the human populations that depend on them for subsistence, employment, and commerce. These resources speak to the effects of oil spills and aid educators in teaching about these catastrophic events.
CoursesSENCER Energy and the Environment course – This comprehensive course description from the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) links energy with social and environmental issues. These web pages include extensive information about this course, student assessment, and related resources and can be used to create or revise an existing course on energy and the environment.
Teaching About Energy in Geoscience Courses - This page is part of a workshop on teaching about energy in the classroom. It includes a list and description of courses taught about energy and the environment, including courses related to climate change and alternative energy sources.
On the Cutting Edge Energy Workshops and Events - These workshops brought together geoscience educators to share their understanding about energy in the context of teaching and learning geoscience. The workshops also showcase approaches for teaching about energy and provided a forum to develop new educational materials.
Teaching Energy Awareness: Understanding Sources and Uses - An online workshop held April 11 - 12 and 18 - 19, 2011. This workshop was for undergraduate faculty who are interested in bringing energy-related topics into their courses, or who already teach about energy but may be looking for new approaches. This workshop was part of the CLEAN professional development series.
On the Cutting Edge Climate and Energy Webinar and Book Club Series - This monthly series delved into emerging topics in the science of energy and climate and explored promising teaching approaches for these topics. Recordings of webinar presentations are available from the event pages.
[thumbimage left http://cleanet.org /clean/community/workshopsandwebinars.html]CLEAN Workshops and Webinars - Part of their professional development series, the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness (CLEAN) project has held multiple online workshops aimed at undergraduate faculty and a webinar series aimed at middle and high school teachers. The workshops and webinars provided in-depth information on a variety of topics involving climate, energy, and sustainability and were designed to help faculty incorporated these issues into the classroom. The workshops produced materials that contribute to and expand upon resources in the CLEAN reviewed collection and webinar recordings are available.