Great Lakes Energy Education Program is offering a set of curriculum for educators including STEM activities and resources for all grade levels around popular environmental topics.
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition works to support STEM programs for teachers and students. Representing all sectors of the technological workforce – knowledge workers, educators, scientists, engineers, and technicians -- the participating organizations are dedicated to ensuring quality STEM education at all levels. Check out their STEM Resources and Legislative Information pages.
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Visit the Pathways to a Sustainable Future, a Renewable Energy game.
What is a green school?
A green school is a school that has intergrated the environment throughout the school in one or more of a variety of ways including:
Clean Energy, Green Energy, Sustainable Energy, Alternative Energy, and Renewable Energy: these terms are all used interchangeably and often are used to mean environmentally friendly energy.
Can you imagine a world without energy? You wouldn’t be able to play computer games, ride a bicycle, or talk on the phone. Cars and trucks wouldn’t move. Lights wouldn’t shine. Most plants wouldn’t grow. Without energy, nothing would happen!
You probably know that most of the electricity you use is produced in a power plant and travels to your home and school through special electrical transmission wires. But did you know what energy sources are used to run the power plants near your home?
A nonrenewable resource is a resource that can be used up. Fossil fuels, which include coal, oil, and natural gas are nonrenewable because it took millions of years for them to form. Once we use up our fossil fuels, they will be gone for good.
Many power plants use fossil fuels. The fossil fuel is burned to produce heat, which is used to make steam. The steam is then used to turn the blades of a turbine.
Some power plants run on nuclear power, which is another nonrenewable resource.
Nuclear power plants rely on uranium, a type of metal that is mined from the ground and specially processed. Heat released from splitting uranium atoms is used to convert water into steam that turns turbines.
A renewable resource is fairly easy to replace. Renewable energy resources include wood, wind, sunshine, geothermal energy, biomass, and water stored behind dams in lakes and reservoirs. Electricity can be produced using several kinds of renewable resources. Wind energy can produce electricity in regions where steady winds blow. Giant wind turbines capture the wind’s energy and use it to power generators. Biomass is material that is formed from living organisms, such as wood or agricultural wastes. Biomass can be burned to produce electricity, or be converted to a gas and used for fuel. Geothermal energy uses hot water or steam from deep beneath the earth’s surface to turn turbines to produce electricity. Hydroelectric power plants use the energy of falling or moving water to spin turbines which generates electricity. Solar energy can also be used to produce electricity. Solar cells change the radiant energy of the sun into electrical energy. Some calculators and portable radios are powered by solar cells. Solar panels or modules placed on a rooftop can supply electricity to the building below.
Renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower play an important - and increasing - role in our nation's energy mix. Great Lake Energy Service, Inc. is committed to the community education of renewable energy technologies and their adoption into the marketplace. The growth of clean and domestic renewable energy is an important part of addressing climate change and increasing our energy security.
Investment in clean energy technologies strengthens the economy, protects the environment, and reduces our dependence on both domestic and foreign oil.
To learn more about renewable energies or conservation strategies such as energy efficiency or recycling, visit these helpful resources:
Build a Rain Barrel - InstructionsI for a Earth Day celebration, or even if I don't, here are some instructions on how to make a rain barrel. Of course, you can modify these instructions to suit your situation, but always keep the safety precautions in mind - the level, sturdy base, the secure lid and screen, directing overflow away from a foundation, and realizing the water could pick up stuff from the roof. Rain barrel instructions.