Energy Challenges

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Energy Challenges

Joseph, Linda C., Multimedia & Internet@Schools


ENERGY is an essential and, at times, a controversial subject. At EPCOT Center's Universe of Energy exhibit, the lyrics, "Energy makes the world go round," sum up the role it has in the daily lives of people everywhere. From a global perspective, there are many challenges with the interdependence on energy sources. Nonrenewable energy sources include gas, oil, coal, and uranium. Renewable energy sources include solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydro, and the ocean. The debates concerning nonrenewable versus renewable energy will shape government policies that will affect future generations. It is important that students learn about energy sources and the impact these sources have in their own lives.


Learn about the basics of electricity and natural gas, including safety and renewable energy sources. Have you ever wondered how wind becomes electricity? Can you spot the electric hazards you might see outside? Play these games to find the answers. Find projects you can make at home or in the classroom such as a solar oven, anemometer, or pinwheel. Students, who like to color, do puzzles, and test their smarts, can print out a variety of fun activity sheets. Teachers and parents will find lessons on energy safety and conservation. This site is geared to elementary students.


An abundance of information, complemented by wonderful illustrations, is presented to educate students about the need for energy, its various sources, the need to be efficient, and emergency preparation. Teachers will appreciate the glossary and worksheets. Elementary and middle school students will benefit from this informative site.


Saving energy is the main topic of this site designed by the U.S. Department of Energy. Discover ways to use energy wisely in your home.

Play games such as Energy Elf and Funergy: Watts the Answer. Learn brief facts about renewable energy. Parents and teachers will find more than 160 lessons and activities related to energy. Elementary students are the target audience of this site.



Need fast facts about energy sources, how they were/are formed, and their environmental impact? Want to know energy history and famous people who contributed their expertise and ingenuity? Looking for lessons, science experiments, and energy news? Detailed diagrams are included to help students understand scientific concepts. In addition there is a section of games, crossword puzzles, energy slang, and a scavenger hunt. This is a good starting place when studying energy sources.



Virtually enter a student's room to discover interesting facts regarding energy. Move the mouse over different objects to discover information about saving energy, energy news, energy story, alternative fuels, and how energy works (learn how air conditioners, fires, thermometers, toasters, and transformers work). Continue moving the mouse and learn about science projects on energy, solve energy puzzles, play games, and view winners of the Energy Quest art contest. The Super Scientists gallery offers portraits of energy pioneers. Select any super scientist and find out about his or her life and contribution to the field of science and energy. Homework help offers information on different kinds of energy. This site offers a wealth of material concerning energy from the California Energy Commission.



Be an energy star by discovering how to become more energy efficient. Learn what energy is, where it comes from, what the different types of energy are, what the consequences of using energy are, and how to save energy. The photographs depicting the warming climate are powerful and suggest ways to make a difference. …

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