Natural Start Alliance focuses on nature play-based learning, providing research and resources for parents and teachers. You can find organizations including nature centers, nature preschools, advocacy groups, and state level organizations that support nature-centered early childhood education.
The PhET online interactive simulations from the University of Colorado are free, research-based and research-validated, cover math and all the major sciences, and are translated into dozens of languages. The online teaching resources to support each simulation include a teacher’s guide from the PhET design team, plus classroom activities that clever teachers have already developed for a given simulation. Here is a short list of suggested resources on energy:
The Energy Skate Park (kinetic, potential energy)
Circuit Construction (electrical energy)
Energy Forms and Changes (energy states, forms, conservation of energy)
Generator (energy types, energy resources, magnetic fields)
And a long-time favorite, John Travoltage–where you can make John “Travoltage’s” leg rub to build up static so that he gets shocked when touching a doorknob!
This interactive map created by ArcGIS shows global energy production and reserves by country, including coal production, oil production and reserves, and natural gas production and reserves for 1990 to 2014.
NREL(National Renewable Energy Lab) provides a variety of educational resources to help students, teachers, and parents educate their kids about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, including hands-on projects and curriculum suggestions for elementary school, middle school, and high school students as well as teachers.
BP Educational Service (BPES) provides free videos, animations, and activities for school through college-aged students on Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts. The aim of BPES is to use classroom concepts as the basis for activities and learning opportunities in the real-world.
The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) provides a collection of over 600 energy resources for classrooms from middle school through higher education. Search for activities that have been reviewed by teaching professionals.
Courtesy of: The Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College, its partners with funding from the National Science Foundation, and other sponsors
This website contains over 3,000 free science and math activities hand-picked from community educational organizations. We take you directly to the energy page, divided into the essential principles of energy set by the U.S. Department of Energy. Each comes with a description and links to activities on that principle.
Is your child stumped on a what to do for the science fair? Check out the listing of project one-pagers available here. Use them as a starting place to have a conversation with your child on their science topic interest.
Courtesy of National Energy Education Development Project
Educator Joshua M. Sneideman examines the many ways in which energy cycles through our planet. Quiz questions, extra resources, and discussion forums follow the video for an in-depth look at these concepts.