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Energy Literacy Videos

Energy Literacy From weather patterns and food supplies to society’s daily electricity needs, energy drives everything. The U.S. Department of Energy’s new energy literacy video series highlights the seven principles that demonstrate energy’s role across the natural and social sciences, and is part of a broader set of education resources, lessons, and activities maintained by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

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Contest: National Science Bowl

dept energy logoThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science. High school and middle school students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy. Competing teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach.

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Feature: Solar Decathlon Powers Up

New Zealand TeamWhat does it take to build a solar village, where homes not only are designed to create more energy than they use but are comfortable and cool to look at, too? For some 19 collegiate teams from the U.S. and aborad installing their entries to the 2011 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., this past weekend, the answer is: lots of hands-on work involving hammers, wrenches, plumbing, and construction cranes.

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Virginia Tech Team Wins EcoCAR Contest

Virginia Tech Car TeamAn ethanol-powered electric vehicle that can travel the equivalent of 81.9 miles per gallon clinched the EcoCAR Challenge for a team of Virginia Tech engineering students. They beat 15 other student teams in the three-year competition, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors, to design a more fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly car with the same consumer appeal and safety as today’s models.

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Government Data Put to Good Use

NOAA Satellite Collecting Weather DataA Northern California program underwritten by an $11.96 million National Science Foundation grant is going to make masses of public domain scientific data readily available to middle schools. Students will be able to track hurricanes, weather patterns, and even earthquakes as they happen.

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Resource: Portal to National Labs

Department of Energy LogoThe U.S. Department of Energy maintains a list of all National Laboratories and Technology Centers that it funds. DOE’s laboratories and technology centers house world-class facilities where cutting-edge research is performed. There are 21 labs and centers across the United States. Through this DOE portal, it’s easy to locate lab or center near you.

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Resource: Pacific Northwest National Lab Educational Programs

Education at PNNLPacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state is a collaborator to the Department of Energy’s Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (DOE-WDTS) program and local efforts to improve science and engineering education. PNNL is committed to supporting science and engineering education at all levels. PNNL offers scholarships, internships, job shadowing opportunities, research apprenticeships, a program for young women, undergraduate and graduate fellowships, lesson plans, professional development programs for teachers, online resources, an equipment gift and loan program, and more.

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Resource: National Energy Lab Educational Programs

NETL StaffThe National Energy Technology Laboratory maintains a list of educational resources and opportunities for all levels of education. The goal of NETL’s education programs is to enhance interest in math and science and to provide resources and instructional materials. NETL provides research participation, workshops, career days, science fairs, instructional materials, in-house tour information, community outreach programs, and events.

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Website: Energy Lessons Plans

The U.S Department of Energy Energy Education and Workforce Development Website provides lesson plans, science projects, and activities, listings of student and teacher contests, information on classes, fellowships and internships, and links related to clean energy.

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