Resources for Educators - Department of Energy

Nov 10, 2011

The Department of Energy (DOE) is the government agency that advances the national, economic and energy security of the United States. It also promotes scentific and technological innovation and ensures the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. Compiled below are DOE-related resources we hope you will find useful.

General Sites | Visual Resources Opportunities for Schools and Classrooms |

Some general sites to get you started:

Alliance to Save Energy - Green Schools Program
Engage students in hands-on projects to increase energy-efficiency in their schools.

Argonne National Laboratory's Divison of Educational Programs
Find online games for students and professional development support for teachers.

BNL/BSA Online Classroom 
A website by Brookhaven National Laboratory to bring scientific research to students and teachers.

Bonneville Power Administration's Resources for Teachers
This site includes lessons on energy conservation, energy efficiency, geothermal energy, water and electricity, stream environments and stream health, aquatic macro invertebrates and the life cycle of salmon. And high school students can conduct an energy audit of their school.

Dr. E's Energy Lab for Kids 
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy division of DOE provides information to kids on solar, wind, and geothermal energies, as well as alternative fuels and energy efficiency tips.

EIA's Energy Kid's Page
A website from the Energy Information Administration devoted to educating kids on energy-related topics.

Energy Careers 
DOE’s careers website, with information on internships, fellowships, and careers in energy.

FERC Students' Corner 
An extensive webpage used to explain to students of all ages how the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates energy in the United States.  Site includes a glossary, career information, games, quizzes, and much more!

Learning about Fossil Fuels 
Get the basics on coal, oil, and natural gas with this page intended for elementary and junior high students.

Oak Ridge Career Links 
Opportunities for academic fellowships and scholarships, research experiences, sabbaticals, and internships available through programs at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education and Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Office of Biological and Environmental Research Education 
A listing of educational sites for all ages.

Teacher Lesson Plans 
This website is a quick resource for energy and science topics, divided by grade.

Scholarships and Internships 
A listing of available scholarship and internship opportunities.

Student Energy Activities 
Lots of energy activities for students, arranged by age-grade and subject matter.

U.S. Department of Energy's Teachers & Students Page 
DOE’s comprehensive education webpage for teachers and students.  Serves as the main portal through DOE’s education pages may be accessed.


Visual resources:

Element Concentration Game 
Test your memory with this element concentration game.

Element Flash Cards 
Learn chemical names, symbols, and atomic numbers with this fun game.

Roofus' Solar and Efficient Home 
Take a tour of Roofus’ house and learn what makes it energy efficient.


DOE opportunities for schools and classrooms:

Energy Star Challenge 
Ten leading associations representing state school boards, superintendents, principals, facility planners, parents, and teachers are joining with the EPA to address critical energy issues in our nation’s K-12 schools.  Become a leader in this challenge.

Energy & Science Lesson Plans 
A snapshot of some of the resources and lesson plans available on the internet that deal with energy and science education.

Enter your students in this technology competition.  Open to students of all interest, skill, and ability levels in grades K-12.

Green Schools 
Strengthen your school by becoming energy efficient.

National Science Bowl 
Participate in DOE’s National Science Bowl, April 26 - 30, 2012. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students' knowledge in all areas of science. High school and middle school students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy. Competing teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach.