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Last Updated on:  06/25/2015 06:30 AM

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6th grade unit on magnets:  The layer of air surrounding our Earth contains important gases which keep the atmosphere at just the right temperature for life and which filter out harmful forms of radiation from the sun. We say that these gases "trap" heat in the Earth's atmosphere and call this planetary warming mechanism the "greenhouse effect." From the Solar School
Alternative Energy Online Lesson:  The Virtual PV Power Station is unlike any other power station in Australia. Firstly, it consists of different PV systems across the country, all linked to you by the World Wide Web. Secondly, this power station doesn't produce any of the gases that cause global warming. And thirdly, you can access the PV systems to see exactly how they are performing.  From the Solar School
Ask the commissioners!:  has 16 lessons. Alternating Current (AC) would not be possible without magnets .
Ben Wiens Energy Science Infosite :   
Biomass power:  online science unit on alternative fuels. / (added 09/2005)
Centre for Alternative Technology - Wales UK :  An international, interdisciplinary water education for formal and nonformal educators 
Classroom Energy org:   
Consumer Energy Resources:  University of Dayton  / (added 09/2005)
Driving to a Cleaner Future Lesson:   
Energy Ed Online:   
Energy Education Resources: Kindergarten Through 12th Grade:   / (added 09/2005)
Fossil Energy Lessons:  an Australian site containing a thesaurus, dictionary, encyclopedia, and a database of over 30,000 kid safe sites that are arranged by topic.
Geothermal Energy is energy from heat inside the Earth :  is a partnership -- a joint effort of Government and private organizations -- led by the U.S. Department of Energy. The partnership's goals are to reduce energy consumption and costs and increase use of clean energy technologies in K-12 schools nationwide and to increase student, teacher, and community awareness of energy and related issues including financial management, air quality, climate change, and new technologies.
How People Create and Use Energy:  a statewide research institute, which dedicates substantial effort to the development of educational resources for teachers and children.
Hydoelectric energy:   
Hydro electric:  Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)  "...dedicates substantial effort to the development of educational resources for the teachers of our children. We do this out of the simple belief that clean and efficient energy resources are key to our future generations' ability to achieve a safe and sustainable environment." / (added 09/2005)
Hydro electricity:   
Inventors Inventions Biographies:   
Kentucky Coal Education   Lessons:  University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Kids World:  Information about how water's mechanical energy is turned into electricity. From the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Measuring Solar Activity:  Does the Texas Railroad Commission develop an educational site.
Measuring the Distance to the Sun:   
Minerals Management Service:   
National Energy Education Development Project (NEED):  Children can get an idea about how a refinery operates and about the tools Chevron uses in the search for oil and natural gas; learn about the history and properties of crude oil; and find out what a Chevron service station is all about.
National Energy Foundation-Resources for Education:  click on EE Education, and scroll down. “What’s a Watt?” is listed as an activity for middle school level, but is good for even older students who are unfamiliar with the concept that different appliances use different amounts of electricity. Teaches by requiring investigation at home. / (added 09/2005)
Nature of Water Power Curriculum:  Investigate the cycles of the Sun with 250 years of data! Learn to recognize common features and match x-ray images of the sun with visible light images from the same day. 
Nature of Water Power The:  Investigate the shape of the Earth's orbit based on the apparent changing size of the Sun. Is the orbit elliptical? Is it circular?
Office of Nuclear Energy Science and Technology:  hands-on science curriculum for students. 
Oil Spill Lesson:   
Paleontological Research Institution Ithaca New York :   / (added 09/2005)
Planet Earth   Solar:  provides a list of teaching material about energy, transportation, and the environment.
Planet Earth   Wind Energy:  is part of the U.S. Department of Energy. This site provides lots of nuclear energy information. / (added 09/2005)
Solar Enegy for older kids:  a video about nuclear energy that you can download ("Splitting Atoms -- An Electrifying Experience"). / (added 09/2005)
Solar Energy for younger kids:  In this lesson from Science NetLinks, students will use Internet resources to investigate renewable sources of energy. The students should already have a basic understanding of energy, and know several examples of renewable and nonrenewable sources.
Solar Power is energy from the Sun :  is a service of the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN). Provides a fun way to learn about solar energy and energy efficiency.
Solar Rotation:  technically oriented web presentation from the Department of Energy. 
Story Of Powering A Generation:  for teachers and students in grades 4-8.
Teachers: FREE Hands-on, Multidisciplinary Lesson Plansnew link -- Study the rotation rate of the Sun and the planets. This lesson includes several hands-on activities to familiarize yourself with the concept of rotation. You will then use movies made with actual solar images to study the rotation rate of the Sun.
The Academy of Energy website:  for high school teachers and students.
The Energy Chest:  an RE educational website. All of us here at are dedicated to getting the word out about solar.
The Energy Planet   Think Quest:  has an award-winning, site for anyone who wants to understand electricity and power utilities better. It's for kids, teachers, parents – and anyone who ever wondered how the juice gets to the plug . It's also for folks looking to learn more about current issues like utility deregulation.
The Energy Planet: Solar Power:  provides electricity basics and history, including an explanation of electricity restructuring in the United States.
The Energy Planet-Hydroelectric power :  slide and movie presentations, lesson plans, work sheets - from the Abess Center for Environmental Studies at Miami Country Day School. Introduction to solar cookers, student webcasts and international projects: see what the students are doing, see how they teach, and see how they affect others abroad.
The Nature of Water Power Curriculum:  elementary and middle school. "Teachers around the nation told us that they would like free, hands-on, multidisciplinary lesson plans in the hot area of energy...You can view complete lesson plans on-line. You can then download the plan as a PDF file and print it out." - Alliance to Save Energy.
The Story Of Powering A Generation:  provides an information-rich, action-based journey that provides valuable information, tests knowledge, enables access to outstanding teaching and learning resources, and encourages everyone to take action in terms of energy conservation.
Tidalnew link -- a treasure-trove of information and activities to support energy studies in UK schools. Energy Chest has been developed for pupils aged 8-14 years  / (added 09/2005)
Tidal energy   Energy from the sea:   
Tracking Satellites Using the Internet:   
Understanding Energy:   
US Department of Energys Office of Science:   
Using thecomputer to Measure Sunspots:  provides electricity basics and history, including an explanation of electricity restructuring in the United States.
Video tutorials:   
Walk Through a Hydro Project :   
Wave Energy:  Have you ever seen a satellite passing overhead at night? Did you wonder how high up it was? In this lesson you will obtain the period of the Yohkoh satellite from an image of its orbital path, which is updated regularly. With this information you will calculate the height of the satellite above the Earth's surface / (added 09/2005)
Wave Power   energy from the wind on the sea:   
Wind power - Energy from the air :  Learn image-processing skills that will help you measure the size of solar sunspots. You will be able to use these skills to measure features on any electronic image. Graphics processing software is needed. Download links are provided in the lesson.
Wind Power Gathers Speed:  about solar, wind, and hydrogen power.

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