From the U.S. Department of Energy, how to implement the Energy Literacy Initiative into the classroom

The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting an initiative to expand Energy literacy. Energy literacy is an understanding of the nature and role of energy in the world and daily lives accompanied by the ability to apply this understanding to answer questions and solve problems. The Department provides the following resources to educators to promote Energy literacy in the classroom.

The Energy 101 Undergraduate Course Framework for Teaching the Fundamentals of Energy If you are involved with higher education, have developed or would like to develop courses to teach about energy, and would like to get more involved with the Energy 101 Initiative, please contact Dr. Matthew Garcia.

The Switch Energy Project is a film, web and education program to build energy awareness and efficiency, and help us move forward to a smarter energy future. They have a lot of short video clips on a wide range of energy topics that teachers may find useful and students may find interesting.

American’s Home Energy Education Challenge from the Department of Energy and the National Science Teachers Association.  This challenge is a fun way for students in grades 3-8 to learn about energy conservation. The challenge runs during the 2013-2014 school year and registration closes 15 November 2013. Teams of students will win over $60,000 competing in the Home Energy Challenge and Energy Poster Competition.

ClimateChangeLIVE is a distance learning adventure for K-12 students running during the 2013-2014 school year. ClimateChangeLIVE will provides an amazing collection of science-based, climate education resources and programs and will include live electronic field trips during the school year as a way to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts and educators. Interact with them during webcasts and on social media. Register today!

CLEAN Teaching Climate and Energy Science provides a guide for educators built off the original climate and energy literacy frameworks. Educators can find summaries of each principle, possible challenges when teaching the principle, suggested pedagogic approaches for each grade level for grades 6-16, and relevant teaching materials from the CLEAN reviewed collection. Look for connections to the Next Generation Science Standards coming soon!