Techniques Magazine Techniques January 2011 : Page 60

ALtERNAtIVE ENERGY EDUCAtION COMES IN MANY SHApES AND SIzES, and at many levels. Lesson plans, school-wide projects and competitions are all part of the fun. Luckily a significant number of resources are available online to foster interest and learning in alternative energy. Start your search with these Web sites. 1 1 Energy Education and Workforce Development 2 Web site The 411: This comprehensive Department of Energy Web site features K-12 lesson plans aligned with national standards on topics such as biomass, hydropower, solar, vehicles, wind energy, geothermal and hydrogen fuel cells. Resources for students include internships, scholarships and energy competitions to, for example, build hydrogen fuel cell cars. Teachers can also learn about educator fellowships. On the jobs side, the site links to clean energy job boards at places such as the Electric Power Research Institute and the American Wind Energy Association. and more than 40 hands-on kits, includ-ing how to design energy efficient technol -ogies and install wind and wave technolo-gies. NEED partners with organizations, agencies and companies to raise aware-ness about the value of energy education and to prepare tomorrow’s workforce and decision-makers by using comprehensive, science-based energy information and curriculum. 3 60 Techniques JANUAR Y 2011 Web site The 411: Celebrating more than 30 years of providing energy curriculum, NEED (National Energy Education Develop-ment) supplies teachers with activities, information and kits for comprehensive energy education in the classroom. The NEED curriculum has more than 120 teacher and student guides at all levels, 2 NEED Project Web site The 411: Sponsored by Solar Cookers International, this Web site is a one-stop shop on solar cooking. While the simplest lesson plans on building a solar cooker are more appropriate for elementary or middle school students, the learning can be made applicable to a variety of career and technical education (CTE) courses at the high school level with other resources available on the site, including solar radiation maps, water pasteurization processes, food safety guidelines, business applications and information on solar cooking uses in developing countries, and as part of disaster preparedness and response. 3 Solar Cooking Archive Wiki

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