New guidelines and standards now allow you to incorporate energy education into your existing lesson plans. No need to create new lessons or make large revisions. You can use examples from clean energy, energy efficiency, climate change, or other topics to integrate different aspects of your STEM lessons and make science lessons more interesting and relevant.
Experienced STEM / clean energy educators contributed this methodology.
Step 1: Identify energy topics that might relate to your STEM lesson
Related Energy Topic
|The Atmosphere||How greenhouse gases in the atmosphere affect climate change|
|Carbon cycle||Climate change|
|Chemical compounds||Greenhouse gas examples|
|Climate patterns||Climate change|
|Ecosystems and adaptation of organisms to their environment||Effects of fossil fuel waste products on the environment and organisms|
|Engineering projects||Construct a wind turbines or solar panels|
|Mantle convection||Geothermal energy|
|Ocean currents||Wave power|
|Photosynthesis - energy production by plants||Describe how humans use plant energy in the form of biofuels|
|Rotational Motion||Wind turbines|
|The Sun||Climate change, solar energy|
|The Water Cycle||Potential for hydropower in rivers and streams|
|Weather patterns||How varying wind levels enable the use of wind energy in different parts of the U.S.|
- See example Massachusetts science standards that relate to teaching a lesson on:
- Use resources from Energy Education Sites for Massachusetts STEM Teachers
Content provided by the Department of Energy Resources
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