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Solar panels, like this one in Truchas, New Mexico, provide clean, renewable electricity to homes and businesses. A solar panel is actually a system of solar cells—also called photovoltaic cells—that convert solar energy to electrical energy.

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The Geography of Coal in the U.S.
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EDUCATION

The Geography of Coal in the U.S.

Where in the United States does coal come from? Where do we make and use coal-powered electricity? Learn more with these maps.  

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: coal, electricity, energy, maps, united states
ROBOTS 3D Education
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EDUCATION

ROBOTS 3D Education

Engage your students with hands-on STEM learning. Create your own activity kit using our Educator Guide.

  • Best for: Grades 1+ (ages 6+)
  • Concepts: electricity, electronics, hands-on activities, sensors, stem
Volcanic Lightning
Article
EDUCATION

Volcanic Lightning

Volcanic lightning has very little to do with tectonic activity, and everything to do with everyday physics.

  • Best for: Grades 4-10 (ages 9-16)
  • Concepts: electricity, volcanic ash, volcanic lightning, volcanoes
You Have the Power
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You Have the Power

Make informed energy decisions by exploring the relationships between factors such as geographic location, availability of energy resources, cost, and environmental and community impacts.

  • Best for: Grades 8-12 (ages 13-18)
  • Concepts: coal, community impacts, electricity, energy, energy resources, environmental impacts, fossil fuels, geographic location, hydroelectricity, natural gas, non-renewable energy, nuclear energy, petroleum, renewable energy, solar energy, wind energy
Electricity Generation from Renewable Energy
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EDUCATION

Electricity Generation from Renewable Energy

Use the MapMaker Interactive to find out which countries are getting their electricity from renewable sources of energy and how they are doing it.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: biomass, electricity, energy, environment, geothermal energy, greenhouse gases, hydroelectricity, natural resources, renewable energy, solar energy, wind
ROBOTS 3D Activity Kit Guide
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EDUCATION

ROBOTS 3D Activity Kit Guide

Download the activity kit guide for instructions on how to compile materials to facilitate some or all of the activities featured here.

  • Best for: Grades 1+ (ages 6+)
  • Concepts: circuits, electricity, gears, motors, robotics, robots 3d, sensors, simple machines, stem
Engineering Wind Tutorial
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EDUCATION

Engineering Wind Tutorial

Watch this tutorial to learn how to design, build and test a wind turbine.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: adjustments, axle, blades, currents, electricity, engineering, generators, pitch, rotational force, sensors, shaft, symmetrical, turbine, wind
Wind Energy Lab Tutorial
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EDUCATION

Wind Energy Lab Tutorial

Watch this tutorial to learn how to design, build and test a wind turbine.

  • Best for: Grades 4-8 (ages 9-14)
  • Concepts: adjustments, axle, blades, currents, electricity, engineering, generators, pitch, rotational force, sensors, shaft, symmetrical, turbine, wind
Wind Turbine Design and Testing Tutorial
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EDUCATION

Wind Turbine Design and Testing Tutorial

Watch this tutorial to learn how to design, build and test a wind turbine.

  • Best for: Grades K-4 (ages 5-10)
  • Concepts: adjustments, axle, blades, currents, electricity, engineering, generators, pitch, rotational force, sensors, shaft, symmetrical, turbine, wind
Circuits with Friends
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EDUCATION

Circuits with Friends

Students explore the parts of a circuit by modeling, as a group, a “human” circuit.

  • Best for: Grades 2-5 (ages 7-11)
  • Concepts: circuits, conductive pathway, electricity, energy source, load, robots, stem
Round and Round with Simple Motors
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EDUCATION

Round and Round with Simple Motors

Students forge a hypothesis about how motors make things move, and then build a simple electric motor using wire, a magnet, and a D cell battery to explore how motors convert electrical energy into mechanical energy.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: electricity, magnetism, motors, robots, stem, torque
Building Circuits
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EDUCATION

Building Circuits

Students experiment with batteries, wires, bulbs, and switches to assemble series and parallel circuits and to test for conductivity in sample items.

  • Best for: Grades 4-8 (ages 9-14)
  • Concepts: circuits, electricity, making predictions, robots, stem
Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.
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EDUCATION

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King, Jr., was born in Atlanta, Georgia. King became the most important and influential civil rights leader in the United States.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: atlanta, civil disobedience, civil rights, electricity, justice, martin luther king, jr., nobel prize, non-violence, protests
Wind Turbine Design and Testing
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EDUCATION

Wind Turbine Design and Testing

Students will learn how the power of the wind is harnessed and used to make electricity by designing, building and testing wind turbines.

  • Best for: Grades K-4 (ages 5-10)
  • Concepts: axle, current, electricity, energy, generator, maps, new mexico, pitch, rotational force, shaft, state mapmaker kits, wind, wind turbine
What Are Our Energy Choices?
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EDUCATION

What Are Our Energy Choices?

In this lesson, students explore the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources for generating electricity. A particular focus is given to natural gas extracted from shale formations through the hydraulic fracturing process. At the end of the module, students will be able to compare th...

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
Electricity: Sources and Challenges
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EDUCATION

Electricity: Sources and Challenges

Students explore real-world data to learn about electricity consumption trends worldwide. They watch a video to discover how different energy sources are transformed into electricity. Then they use an interactive map with data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) to investigate the sourc...

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: coal, conversion, electricity, energy, energy consumption, fuel, generation, hydro, kilowatt hour, natural gas, nuclear energy, population, renewable resources
Evaluating Other Energy Sources
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EDUCATION

Evaluating Other Energy Sources

Students analyze various energy sources, comparing the costs and benefits of natural gas, coal, biomass, nuclear, wind, hydropower, and solar power for generating electricity. Students use real-world data to evaluate the relative costs and benefits of using different fuel sources to generate electri...

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: air quality, coal, consumption, conversion, electricity, energy, fuel, hydro, land use, natural gas, nuclear energy, population, renewable resources, water quality
Energy Efficiency
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EDUCATION

Energy Efficiency

Students explore data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on electricity flows and electricity consumption in the United States. Using the data, students propose how electricity generation and use can be made more efficient.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: coal, conservation, electricity, energy consumption, fuel, hydro, kilowatt hour, natural gas, negawatt, nuclear, population, renewable energy
Great Northeast Blackout
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Great Northeast Blackout

On November 9, 1965, one of the biggest electrical power failures in history plunged much of the U.S. East Coast and Ontario, Canada, into darkness for more than 10 hours.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: east coast, electrical grid, electricity, great northeast blackout, niagara falls, ontario, power lines
Quantum Dots
Photo
EDUCATION

Quantum Dots

Microscope photo of 1-micron dots.

  • Concepts: electricity, low earth orbit (leo), nanoparticles, nanotechnology, payload, quantum dots
Global Wind Day
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Global Wind Day

On June 15, 2009, the world first celebrated Global Wind Day, recognizing the sustainable power of wind energy.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: renewable energy, sustainability, wind, wind energy
Natural Gas: A Cleaner Energy Solution or Just Another Fossil Fuel?
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EDUCATION

Natural Gas: A Cleaner Energy Solution or Just Another Fossil Fuel?

Students read informational text about natural gas and compare and contrast its greenhouse gas emissions to those of other fossil fuels. They take positions to debate the question: Should the United States expand its use of natural gas as an energy resource, using it as a “bridge fuel” t...

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: climate change, combustion, electricity, energy, energy resources, fossil fuels, fuselage, greenhouse gases, natural gas, systems thinking
Coxey’s Army Begins to March
Historic Article
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Coxey’s Army Begins to March

On March 25, 1894, more than 100 men led by businessman Jacob Coxey began a march from Massillon, Ohio, to Washington, D.C., to protest unemployment and urge government to create jobs. 

  • Best for: Grades 8-11 (ages 13-17)
  • Concepts: coxey's army, electricity, ohio, politics, protests, washington d.c.
Case Study: Cape Wind Project
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EDUCATION

Case Study: Cape Wind Project

The Cape Wind project's goal is to develop additional sources of wind energy in the Nantucket Sound. Learn why it has faced very strong opposition for more than 10 years from some stakeholders, even after gaining the last of the necessary permits and approval from the federal level in 2010.

  • Best for: Grades 9+ (ages 14+)
  • Concepts: case study, conflict resolution, conservation, decision-making, electricity, energy, massachusetts, renewable energy, stakeholders, tourism, wildlife conservation, wind energy, wind farms, wind turbines
First Tidal Power Station Opens
Historic Article
EDUCATION

First Tidal Power Station Opens

On November 26, 1966, French President Charles de Gaulle opened the world’s first tidal power station on the Rance Estuary in Brittany, France.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: electricity, estuaries, france, ocean, power plants, sustainability, tidal energy, tides