Energy Education Resources

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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 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

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:

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.