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Feature: Kids Power Up

When Katie Cutler let her middle school students pick what to learn, she was blown over by their choice. They voted for wind energy, something she knew little about. As they learned by helping install a turbine at their school, so did she.

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Website: Wind Powering America

Wind Powering America, is a website of helpful wind energy resources from the U.S. Department of Energy, including maps, videos, webinars, and news, as and full page of lesson plans and activities for teachers.

On the same site, teachers can visit the Winds for School program, offering wind energy curricula, information on professional development, a list of schools that support wind turbines and educational programs, and advice on applying for a wind turbine system.

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2 DOE Kid-friendly Energy Sites


Energy Kids is an excellent K-12 teaching resource with background information, historic profiles, games, activities, and lesson plans. Kids Saving Energy focuses on students grades K-3 and saving energy in the home.

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Students Prepare for Solar Decathlon

lumenStudents are making their way to the National Mall in Washington to reassemble the solar-powered houses that they designed as part of the 2009 Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the Department of Energy.

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DOE Professional Development

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science has a Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists program with opportunities for students and teachers.

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Department of Energy Internships, Fellowships

DOE’s office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists offers opportunities to the nation’s students and teachers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). For more information, go to http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/scied/sci_ed.htm

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