K-12 Energy Resources
Energy Resources - CSU Extension K-12 Energy Education
CSU Extension has developed two energy curricula for Colorado teachers and informal educators - a Clean Energy Curriculum for Colorado Middle and High Schools and a Colorado Wind for Schools Curriculum. They are:
- related directly to Colorado
- aligned to state standards in science, math, and social studies
- supported by loaner kits and CSU Extension staff expertise
- teacher tested and enjoyed
Visit the CSU Extension website to access the curricula.
Regional schools are invited to bring 30 students to CSU for a Friday morning lab project facilitated by CSU students studying to become teachers.
- Get Energized! is an activity that explores rechargeable batteries and solar cells.
- Regenerate! explores how regenerative braking works in electric vehicles. Solar Cars is an engineering design project to design, build, and race model vehicles.
Clean Energy Curriculum
This High School STEM Curriculum is focused on the scientific, mathematical, and engineering content connections related to the Clean Energy Technologies of Wind, Solar, and Fuel Cell Technologies.
Collaborations with Schools*
Dr. Jeni Cross has worked for the last several years with the Strategic Sustainability Team in the Poudre School District (PSD). As a member of that team, Dr. Cross has helped PSD high schools to develop plans for engaging building occupants in energy conservation.
Energy Special Award*
The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair is held annually at CSU and the Energy Institute sponsors a special award for the best senior division energy project. Members of the Energy Institute interview the students/teams and select the most interesting project. The prize is $500 and the opportunity to present their research at the annual Energy Institute Expo.
Research Experiences for Teachers*
Occasionally, faculty have grant money that includes support for a Research Experience Teachers (RET). In 2012, Drs. Barth and Sites walked Gavin Polhemus from Poudre High School through all of the steps involved in designing, fabricating and testing a Cd/Te solar cell.
Each year we host an “Energy Science and Policy” field trip of high school students from Grand Junction.
*In collaboration with the CNS Education & Outreach Center
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