Energy Efficiency Ambassadors (5-8)

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Energy Efficiency and Conservation


In these activities, students will compare two products that provide the same function (in this case, light), but require different amounts of energy to do their job. Students will research and demonstrate energy efficiency in action and learn how it applies to different technologies. After the activities, students should be able to discuss the following:

  • How does using less energy help our environment?
  • What are the primary differences between compact fluorescent light bulbs and incandescent light bulbs?
  • What are other examples of energy-efficient technologies or practices?

Science, Math, English, Language Arts, Technology

Plan Time

30 minutes


Compact fluorescent bulb, incandescent bulb, thermometer


National Standards: 5-8

  • INT-F: 4.c. Students can use a systematic approach to thinking critically about risks and benefits.
  • INT-F: 4.d. Important personal and social decisions are made based on perceptions of benefits and risks.
  • INT-F: 5.b. Societal challenges often inspire questions for scientific research, and societal priorities often influence research priorities.
  • INT-F: 5.c. Technology influences society through its products and processes. Technological changes are often accompanied by social, political, and economic changes that can be beneficial or detrimental to individuals and to society. Social needs, attitudes, and values influence the direction of technological development.
  • INT-F: 5.d. Science and technology have contributed enormously to economic growth and productivity among societies and groups within societies.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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