New AK EnergySmart Energy Curriculum Underway
March 15, 2012
The Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) at UAF and Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) are designing Alaska-specific energy efficiency curriculum for classrooms across the state. Funded by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC), the lessons we are developing will give Alaskan youth an understanding of the high economic and environmental costs of power generation and the importance of conserving energy at home and school.
This curriculum will help students find answers to many essential questions:
- What is energy? What are various forms and sources of energy?
- How do we use energy? What various energy efficiency options are available?
- Why do we care about Energy Efficiency? How can demand side energy efficiency and conservation and generation side energy efficiency reduce overall energy consumption and why is that important?
- What direct steps can I take in my school and home to lower consumption?
We are currently working with local experts at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, Juneau Economic Development Council’s STEM program, and the Alaska Native Knowledge Network to make the curriculum geographically and culturally relevant to Alaska and to align the lessons to Alaska GLEs.
On the Horizon: Statewide Teacher Trainings
After the pilot phase is over, ACEP and REAP will be organizing teacher trainings for the curriculum in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and other communities around the state. Please contact Katie Croft if you’d like to nominate your community or school district for a teacher training.
*Check out upcoming AK EnergySmart Educator Workshops!
Sample Draft Energy Efficiency Lessons
We are still working with our reviewers on final versions of the lessons. Feel free to download these four sample lessons to get an idea of what the final curriculum will look like. Please note that these lessons are still in draft form.
- Grades K-2 – Energy Map lesson
- Grades 3-5 – Reading Your Electric Meter
- Grades 6-8 – Food Preservation lesson
- Grades 9-12– Energy Efficiency and Native Alaskan Dwellings