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Learning about energy can begin at any age level. Topics can range from alternative fuels to waste-to-energy projects, can cover disciplines from economics to science, and can be a source of educational activities that can involve all students.

DNR Curricula

  • Energy for Missouri: Today and Tomorrow (Missouri curriculum)  Where does the energy used in our home come from? How is it produced? Where do the raw materials come from? What are the environmental and economic impacts of energy use by the citizens of Missouri? Explore these questions and more with your students using this energy education guide developed for the state of Missouri. An extensive background section provides information on a variety of energy systems, ranging from wind power to coal use. The lesson plans featured are designed to increase your students' awareness of both current and future trends of energy use. Missouri's Show-Me Standards are provided for each lesson, along with suggestions to modify each activity for most grade levels.

Energy Literacy:  Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education

“Energy Literacy:  Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education" presents energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions.  The document is designed for anyone involved in energy education, and intended as a guide for formal and informal energy education, standards, development, curriculum design, assessment development, and educator trainings.

Other Lesson Plans/Curricula

  • Resources for Teachers
  • Resources for Kids
    • Kids Saving Energy, includes games, tips, and facts for kids who want to save energy.
    • The U.S. EIA's a Kid's Page includes information and activities for students and teachers in grades 3 through 8.
  • Additional Resources
    • The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is a clearinghouse of energy information. EERE has compiled a directory of educational fact sheets, science projects, and links to other energy education resources to help students and teachers learn more about energy.
    • The U.S. Energy Information Administration's website,, is the primary communication channel for the EIA and serves as the agency's world-wide energy information point of contact for federal, state, and local governments, the academic and research communities, businesses and industry, foreign governments and international organizations, the new media, financial institutions, and the general public.
    • The Alliance to Save Energy is a non-profit organization that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education, and advocacy.  They encourage business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders to use energy efficiency as a means to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security.

Solar "Raycing"

American Solar Challenge
The American Solar Challenge is a biennial contest in which participating colleges and universities build and pilot solar-powered cars across the nation. Using photovoltaic cell solar arrays and high-efficiency electric motors, the cars use the sun for direct power and for recharging highly-efficient batteries that run the cars in times of limited sun.

For the 2012 event, the Division of Energy is sponsoring the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The Solar Decathlon

In 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored the first-ever Solar Decathlon, a university competition that brings together the nation's brightest minds to demonstrate practical ways of producing and using energy efficiently in the home. Student teams compete in capturing, converting, storing and using enough solar energy to power our modern lifestyle by harnessing the power of the sun to run an entire household.

A key long-term objective of this competition is education:

  • Educating architecture and engineering students on how to design and construct solar-powered, energy-efficient buildings.
  • Educating homeowners about affordable, attractive and livable energy efficiency and solar technologies that are available for the home today.
  • Educating every American that investment in renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies can contribute to the nation's energy security and environmental quality, and create markets for American products around the world.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of Energy has sponsored the Missouri University of Science and Technology and Crowder College to compete in past years.

Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST)
The MST team developed a Solar Decathlon presentation to educate teachers and students about the experience and knowledge gained by participation.

For more information about the MST solar decathlon team, please visit their website.

Crowder College
The team developed a Solar Decathlon presentation to educate teachers and students about the experience and knowledge gained by participation.

For more information about the Crowder College team, please visit their website.