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K-12 Education

There are a variety of curricula and activities available to bring energy education to your school, youth group or community.

Classroom Visits (In Your Community)

6-12 - KidWind Challenge

The KidWind design competition seeks students interested in testing their engineering and scientific prowess as they build the most powerful and elegant student wind turbines.

Please contact Melody Moen at melody.moen@alaska.edu for information on how to bring these resources to your school.

K-12 - AK EnergySmart

A new energy efficiency curriculum for K-12 classrooms is available. Created by UAF’s Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP), Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) and the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), this curriculum is designed with Alaska-specific content and focuses students on measures they can take to conserve energy at home and at school.

All lessons are aligned to Alaska’s state education standards and national education standards and are designed to allow teachers to choose just a few lessons, or adopt the entire age-specific curriculum.  Each lesson comes with step-by-step instructions on how to easily incorporate this new content into your school.

Lesson plans are now available online at the AK Energysmart website. Teacher trainings to introduce educators to the lesson plans and content are also available. For more information about this curriculum, please contact Melody Moen, Outreach Coordinator for the Alaska Center for Energy and Power at melody.moen@alaska.edu.

6-12 - WindWise 

WindWise is a comprehensive curriculum that includes a set of interdisciplinary lessons in an easy-to-use format with attractive, understandable graphics. Every lesson has an inquiry-based introduction to encourage creative thinking and a hands-on activity to develop analytical skills. Throughout the curriculum, case studies and profiles of professionals are featured to provide students with real-life examples from the wind energy sector.

Teacher Resource Trainings (In Person and Online)

AK EnergySmart

Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) is working in collaboration with Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) to develop an energy efficiency curriculum for use in K-12 classrooms across the state. Funded by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), the AK EnergySmart curriculum will give Alaskan youth a better awareness of how they use energy and the importance of taking measures to use energy wisely both at home and school.

Energy efficiency is focused on doing the same amount of work while using less energy. Increasing energy efficiency of homes, schools, transportation and power generation systems can be a quick and economic way to decrease the demand and cost for energy. High fuel costs and extreme weather make energy efficiency especially important in Alaska.

Education is essential in the creation of an energy savvy and responsible Alaskan citizenry. Through interdisciplinary units of study that investigate how energy is all around them, why we need energy, and how energy can be conserved, this K – 12 curriculum will give students valuable insights that they can pass along to their families. All lessons are aligned to Alaska Grade Level Expectations (GLEs).

KidWind

The KidWind Project Website has many useful teacher resources.

In order to best prepare teachers to help students understand the power in the wind and to mentor them throughout the process of turbine design and construction, we have created a teacher resource page as a clearinghouse of useful information. If you still have questions that are not answered on this page, please contact Melody Moen at melody.moen@alaska.edu.

Wind for Schools

Wind for Schools Project Page and Snapshot.

Community Meetings

AK EnergySmart

Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) is working in collaboration with Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) to develop an energy efficiency curriculum for use in K-12 classrooms across the state. Funded by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), the AK EnergySmart curriculum will give Alaskan youth a better awareness of how they use energy and the importance of taking measures to use energy wisely both at home and school.

Energy efficiency is focused on doing the same amount of work while using less energy. Increasing energy efficiency of homes, schools, transportation and power generation systems can be a quick and economic way to decrease the demand and cost for energy. High fuel costs and extreme weather make energy efficiency especially important in Alaska.

Education is essential in the creation of an energy savvy and responsible Alaskan citizenry. Through interdisciplinary units of study that investigate how energy is all around them, why we need energy, and how energy can be conserved, this K – 12 curriculum will give students valuable insights that they can pass along to their families. All lessons are aligned to Alaska Grade Level Expectations (GLEs).

Wind for Schools

Wind for Schools Project Page and Snapshot.

An Evening with the Experts

Research Engineer led community discussion on energy options for your community.