According to a United States Department of Energy survey, 75 percent of people think they have a lot of energy knowledge, yet only 12 percent of those surveyed passed a quiz on basic energy topics. Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) believes that in order for our country to make smart energy choices tomorrow, we need to begin educating the next generation today.
To do this, we formed CPV Educates, an energy education program to create a better world by teaching the next generation about energy and the choices we make about its use.
About CPV Educates
Our team is comprised of educational professionals and energy experts working together to bring real world experiences into the classroom. CPV offers this program to participating organizations free-of-charge as part of its ongoing public outreach program. CPV Educates works closely with educators and administrators to accommodate different grade levels and group sizes. Our curriculum is flexible and can be modified to suit your classroom and is designed to be integrated into existing lesson plans.
CPV Educates has developed an energy education program that consists of a two-part curriculum. Part one teaches students about fuel sources and part two about electric circuits, where electricity comes from and the differents parts of an energy center involved in generating the electricity to their homes. The lessons teach students to make sound choices about how to conserve energy and preserve their environment. Topics covered include:
- Energy Generation (conventional and renewable)
- Energy Use
Each lesson is progressive, and links concepts taught throughout the two-part curriculum. The program consists of videos, hands-on activities, student-directed discussions, games, crafts and supplemental handouts.
Listed below are some educational resources you may find helpful in your classroom.
- Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficency and Renewable Energy Education: Find teacher resources to get K-12 students excited about clean energy & information about planning your green career.
- Save On Energy: Read this energy savings story about a boy’s quest to save energy.
- Department of Energy – Energy Saver: Energy saving DIY projects for your home.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: A student’s guide to global climate change.
- U.S. Energy Information Administration - Energy Kids: Learn more about energy and its history while playing games and activities.
- Energy for Keeps: An illustrated guide for everyone who uses electricity.
- Science Kids: A fun place for kids, teachers and parents to learn about circuits, lightening, batteries, conductors and all kinds of interesting electricity topics.
- Switched on Kids: A place for kids to learn how to use electricity safely.
- Kids Korner: Learn why energy education is fun!
- California Energy Commission - Energy Quest: A site for those who “quest” information on conserving energy for our future.
- Energy Star: Where kids learn to be an “Energy Star!”
- Kids Act On Energy: Blast off to an electric universe! Resources for parents, teachers and kids.
- Home Energy Conservation for Kids: Understanding Energy Conservation for Kids (special thanks to Hannah from California for sending us this resource)