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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 National Energy Education Development Project provides energy information and resources, student science fair ideas, and games and activities like crossword puzzles, coloring sheets, and pumpkin carving templates. All
Science Museum of London
Explore science-focused games and activities. Boost your energy knowledge through games allowing you to design a low-energy home, cut carbon dioxide, and make energy flow. 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
NREL
Provides information and educational resources on various types of renewable energy including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydrogen, and more. Secondary
Renewable Energy Project Kits
In this fun, engaging science program, students will learn how to build a wind turbine, solar oven, hydroelectric generator or biogas generator—so they can see firsthand how applied science is helping create a more sustainable future. Provides curriculum resources and detailed construction plans. All
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 certified LED bulb. Secondary
Hybrid Cars: How They Work
This is a perfect website for students to explore the structure and components of a hybrid car. Secondary
KidWind
The KidWind Challenge allows students to explore the power of wind by building and testing their own wind turbines. Over 10,000 have participated in KidWind Challenges all over the US! You can participate in two ways at events or online. 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
Water
Developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this site provides multiple activities for students related to water and the environment. Secondary
Con Edison Kids
This fun, interactive site provides a great tool for students to learn about energy, including how the energy grid works. Elementary
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
Green Education Foundation.
These fun, hands-on activities provide an engaging introduction to the importance of energy conservation at school and at home. Explore energy-themed topics through games like pictionary, charades, board games, and riddles! All
The Vampire Hunt
Energy Vampires are electronic appliances that are constantly using energy- even when you think they are off! Hunt energy vampires in your home or school using this handy guide from the Alliance to Save Energy. All
Energy Kids
Learn about energy’s history, sources, and tips on how to reduce usage from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Educators can also access a teachers guide here. Elementary
Energy.gov
Energy.gov provides a host of tools, lesson plans, videos, and activities for both educators and students to learn about energy. Check out the Educator Toolbox to find resources for all ages. All
ENERGY STAR Kids
The ENERGY STAR Kids site is a fun portal with games and activities to help young people become energy "stars"! Get educated on energy and climate, and learn how to take action today. Elementary
NASA Climate Kids
NASA uses it’s eyes on the Earth to present a variety of activities, games, learning opportunities, and teacher resources focused on energy, climate, and conservation. Check out the Planet Health Report to see current data on air, water, sea ice, and sea level. All
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
Protect Dark Skies
Lighting that emits too much light or shines when and where it’s not needed is wasteful. Wasting energy has huge economic and environmental consequences. Learn more about how to cut energy waste and protect dark skies in your neighborhood. All
Composting Manual
Developed for Connecticut Schools, this manual provides a great overview on how to organize and implement a school-wide composting program. Secondary
Earth 911
Learn how to beat the heat while using less energy. These cool hacks deliver strategies for keeping body temperatures down even when it’s blisteringly hot outside. This will not only make you feel better and help lower energy costs, but it might keep you from getting sick, too. Secondary
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
Fight Vampire Loads
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 and learn what you can do to power down. All