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The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. Through its Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE offers lesson plans, science projects, and other activities that can be done in the classroom or at home to get students of all ages excited about clean energy. DOE also offers the National Training and Education Resource (NTER), an open source platform that serves learners by allowing them to acquire new skills – at a time, place and pace that is convenient to them. Additionally, NTER serves instructors by providing a full range of instructional tools and an easy-to-use system for finding, creating, and modifying content. www.nterlearning

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Build a Pizza Box Solar Oven
Check out this staightforward lesson from the U.S. Department of Energy, that can be adapted for all grade levels, on how to build a solar oven.
Building the Basic PVC Wind Turbine
This plan from the U.S. Department of Energy shows how to make a rugged and inexpensive classroom wind turbine that can be used for lab bench-based...
Cell Wall Recipe: A Lesson on Biofuels
  • Life Science
  • 3-5, MS
Students will investigate how changes in the DNA sequence that codes for cell wall formation can have a favorable outcome in producing plants that...
Computer-Based Energy Projects
  • Science
  • 3-5, MS, HS
These four activities give students the opportunity to use the Internet as a research and learning tool. The projects are: Where are the best...
Energy Detectives
  • Energy
  • 3-5, MS
Students explore the classroom as they look and feel for signs of energy. They record the ways they use energy throughout a typical day in an energy...
Energy Efficiency in the Home
  • Physical Science
  • 3-5, MS
Common Core
The purpose of this lesson by the U.S. Department of Energy is to develop student understanding of the economic and environmental impact of energy...
Energy for Keeps: Electricity and Renewable Energy
  • Physical Science
  • 3-5, MS
Find multi-disciplinary student activities from the U.S. Department of Energy. Activities provided include The Energy Times, Going for a Spin: Making...
Energy From the Sun Teacher and Student Guides
Common Core
These hands-on explorations from the U.S. Department of Energy introduce the scientific concepts of solar energy to elementary students. The...
Exploring Solar Energy Teacher and Student Guides
  • Physical Science
  • 3-5, MS
These seven activities from the U.S. Department of Energy are hands-on explorations that teach the scientific concepts of solar energy and...
Geothermal Energy
  • Energy
  • 3-5, MS
Common Core
Geothermal energy is one of the components of the National Energy Policy: “Reliable, Affordable, and Environmentally Sound Energy for America’s...