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Here are some great ways to get students actively involved in educational activities that help raise awareness about energy and the environment. Below are programs, games, and tools that will help make it happen.

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The Need Project
The Need Project’s four energy modules provide students in grades 3-8 with quick kids-teaching-kids lessons about light, heat, motion, and chemical energy. All
Energy Hog
The Energy Hog Program makes learning about energy efficiency and conservation fun! The Energy Hog is a dastardly character who puts a face to the concept of energy, Online, in books, and via live visits, the Energy Hog shows how he and other hogs like him waste lots of energy. Kids to the rescue! Elementary
Electricity: Electric Energy
Published by Virginia Cooperative Extension, this document provides activities related to magnetic attractions, electricity, conductors and insulators, circuit building, electromagnets, and electrical safety. Secondary
Renewable Energy Project Kits
These kits explain renewable energy and provides instructions on how to build a related project. Teachers may register for free. Secondary
Change a Light Pledge
Sponsored by ENERGY STAR® for individuals over the age of 13, this site encourages everyone to replace one light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL). Secondary
Kid Wind
This site offers wind turbine education, build your own turbine kits, continuing education, and workshops. Secondary
Energy Quest
Check out Energy Quest from the California Energy Commission. Learn about energy through interactive movies, activities, and stories that make learning about energy fun. Elementary
It’s Easy to Power Down!
You’d be amazed at how much you can save with just a few simple steps at home or at school. Watch this new video from Madison Gas and Electric and learn what you can do to power down. Elementary
Water
Developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this site provides multiple activities for students related to water and the environment. Secondary
Toss It, Baby!
This fun video creates a clever twist on a popular song that teaches viewers about the benefits of single-stream recycling, and encourages people to toss it, baby! All
The Vampire Hunt
Energy Vampires are electronic appliances that are constantly using energy- even when you think they are off! Instead of being all the way off, they go into “stand-by mode” and suck energy when you’re not using them! Sometimes, these vampires have a tell-tale sign that can help you catch them — some give off a little light (like DVD players or microwave oven clocks) and some make noise like a laptop computer. Others (like a cell phone charger), might be warm to the touch. All
Ecological Footprint Quiz
Take an online quiz that estimates the size of your ecological footprint. The results will estimate the area of land and ocean required to support your consumption of food, goods, services, housing, and energy. Secondary
Ecomagination for Kids
Developed by General Electric Resources, this site involves students in games and activities related to alternative fuels and energy conservation. Secondary
Energized Learning
This program offers high school students, teachers, and parents multiple lessons and activities related to energy supply conversion, and use. Secondary
ENERGY STAR® K-12
This site offers tools, resources, example projects, and energy saving activities. Elementary
The Green Squad Library: Saving Paper in Schools
This site covers what schools and kids can do to save paper, and includes project ideas and fact sheets about schools and waste. Secondary
Alternative Fuels Data Center
Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this site offers activities, curricula suggestions, workbooks, and competitions on alternative fuels and vehicles for teachers and students in grades K-12. Secondary
The Cool School Challenge
The Cool School Challenge is an educational program intended to engage students and teachers in practical strategies to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions schoolwide. Student leaders monitor the progress of the participating classrooms and look for ways to motivate and inspire classrooms to achieve the greatest reductions possible. All
Composting Manual
Developed for Connecticut Schools, this manual provides a great overview on how to organize and implement school-wide composting. Secondary
Earth 911 — Recycling
Find local recycling locations and learn how to reuse/recycle just about anything. Secondary
EPA Water Source Book
This book includes 324 activities for grades K-12 on water, drinking water and wastewater treatment, surface water resources, ground water resources, and wetlands and coastal waters. All
Computer Energy Projects
Try out these four online activities with students in grades 5-8 or 9-12. They will research and answer these questions: Where are the best renewable and non-renewable energy resources in the U.S. and the world? How much energy do we consume while driving? How much energy do we use? Are renewable energy resources economically feasible on a small scale? Secondary
Green Clean Schools
This site includes resources, tools, case studies, and products. All
Hybrid Cars: How They Work
This is a perfect website for students to explore the structure and components of a hybrid car. Secondary
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