The Energy Department has several free resources that help educators teach students about clean energy including (clockwise, from top left) the <a href="/eere/education/downloads/get-free-copy-energy-literacy-framework">Energy Literacy Framework</a>, the <em>Get Current</em> <a href="">Color… Book</a>, <a href="">Energy Awareness Activity Book</a>, and <a href="">Energy Action Checklist</a>.

Today’s students will soon become tomorrow’s workforce. To move our economy forward and solve our global energy challenges, America’s future scientists and engineers will need to gain expertise in math and science, get the support they need financially and academically, and find inspiration to pursue the career opportunities they uncover. As part of the nation’s overall efforts to advance STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, many leading companies, nonprofits, schools, and government agencies will come together for the USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from April 25 to April 27. 

The free, family friendly expo will feature 3,000 STEM-related activities and 150 stage shows. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Education and Workforce Development team and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity will join the fun with Energy Literacy resources and activities including:

  • Energy Literacy Framework information for educators that highlights seven essential principles critical for a comprehensive understanding of energy.
  • Plasma ball demonstrations to help students learn about electricity.
  • Opportunity to meet and take your picture with a cardboard cutout of Albert Einstein and show your commitment to energy efficiency.
  • Take-home materials including the Get Current Energy Action Checklist, Energy Awareness Activity Book and Coloring Book.
  • Information on Department of Energy  internships, fellowships and competitions for college students.
  • Opportunities to ask questions and network with current energy-sector workers.

For more information about the event, including expo maps, a list of exhibits, and show schedules, go to


Can’t attend the festival? Explore our STEM and Energy Literacy resources below. These are available for order through or direct download.  

  • Download or order the Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education Framework. This framework is great for anyone involved in energy education from “K through gray” and helps individuals and communities make informed energy decisions. Email to order additional hard copies.  We are working with partners and federal agencies to conduct workshops, webinars and trainings for those interested in learning ways to apply and use the framework.
  • Download or order the Get Current Energy Awareness Activity Book.  This book features games and puzzles designed to teach kids about renewable energy and energy efficiency through mazes, crosswords, word searches and other fun activities. Email  for more hard copies for your classroom. 
  • Download or order the Energy Action Checklist. Some of the simplest ways to save energy can be done by kids. This checklist includes easy energy-efficient practices such as turning off a light, unplugging phone chargers and video game consoles, and shutting down laptops, computers, iPods and iPads. For additional hard copies, email
  • Download or order the Get Current Coloring Book. This fun activity book introduces kids to renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, and bioenergy, and explains how they be used to generate clean, reliable electricity. For additional hard copies, email