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June 19, 2014
Solar Cell Simulation

Students model the flow of energy from the sun as it enters a photovoltaic cell, moves along a wire and powers a load. The game-like atmosphere involves the younger students and helps them understand the continuous nature of the flow of energy. For a related lesson, please see the activity “Solar Powered System” (PDF 430 KB).

June 19, 2014
Ocean Power (4 Activities)

Areas of the country that have an available coastline but are limited in other renewable resources can use the oceans to produce energy. We are familiar with the large hydroelectric dams that dot our nation, creating large reservoirs and flooding millions of acres of land. By turning to the restless seas we can find a source of energy that is not affected by clouds and the scarcity of wind. By using ocean power we can increase our need for power without having to deplete our existing non-renewable resources.

June 19, 2014
Geothermal Energy (5 Activities)

Geothermal energy is one of the components of the National Energy Policy: “Reliable, Affordable, and Environmentally Sound Energy for America’s Future.” This lesson includes five activities that will give your students information on the principles of heat transfer and the technology of using geothermal energy to generate electricity.

June 19, 2014
Life With Energy

Students will describe ways in which technology affects the environment, both negatively and positively, and identify different forms of energy and their advantages/disadvantages. They will also determine the benefits as well as the environmental harms of using energy to improve our quality of life.

June 16, 2014
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How Energy Works: Explaining Game-Changing Energy Technologies

Introducing How Energy Works: a new series that breaks down the inner working of innovative technologies key to driving the Energy Department's mission forward.

June 13, 2014
Ohio State University Races to the Finish as the Winner of EcoCAR 2

After three years of intense competition, the team from Ohio State University takes first place in EcoCAR 2 for its energy-efficient, consumer-ready alternative fuel vehicle design.

June 12, 2014
Video: Future STEM Leaders Compete in the National Science Bowl

Follow four students from Washington, D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson High School as they prepare for and compete in the 2014 National Science Bowl.

June 6, 2014
Engaging Spanish Speakers on Energy Literacy: Conocimiento de Energía

Conocimiento de Energía, the Spanish version of our Energy Literacy Framework, provides the nation's educators with resources to teach important energy concepts to students.

May 30, 2014
Students participate in the Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Competition in Littleton, Colorado in 2011. The Energy Department supports competitions and activities that encourage students to get more involved in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Educated and Equipped: Motivating Today’s Youth to Become Tomorrow’s Clean Energy Leaders

Ensuring students know the basics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is one of the keys to moving our clean energy economy forward.