Earth Day info
Some down-to-earth, Earth Day facts: the Story of Earth Day, April 22
(or so the energy tradition goes), is actually the anniversary of the first Earth Day. This is when millions of everyday kind of people participated in an event that changed the world. These people demanded better legislation on things like making the government become more aware of America's environment as well as starting local neighborhood vacant lot cleanups.
Back in 1970, a formidable and peaceful environmental march on Washington was organized on (or around) this day. Many notable "environmentalists" of the day were concerned that the earth needed some TLC... And, as a result, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was created. (It is still in existence, but a lot of us wonder today why the current administration seemed to ignore the giant pollution problem in the room...). This "Earth Day" celebration led to monumental legislation called the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts (still in force today). The U.S. Post Office even got involved: creating this beautiful stamp (below)...
To learn what Earth Day activities are planned for your area, use your world wide web search engine to see what your community has planned. Remember the spirit of Earth Day: you have the power to go plant a tree (with your parent's/teacher's permission of course), start a neighborhood recycle project, write a letter to a corporation to tell them to pack boxes with natural, recyclable materials (as opposed to plastic and foam-type peanuts that take forever to break down), and the list goes on and on. If you have an idea for your community just email your local city or state government (or send to us and we'll forward it for you, postage free).
Time to Celebrate Earth Day via these links: for a little history go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_day.
To find out where you can participate in an earth day activity in your community, just click here; Earth Day Events and Locations Courtesy of www.Earthday.net
Earth Day Resource Materials To learn what Earth Day activities are planned for your area, use your favorite world wide web search engine to see what your community has planned. Remember the spirit of Earth Day: go plant a tree (with your parent's permission of course), recycle all the reusable items in your neighborhood, write a letter to a corporation to politely ask them to pack boxes with natural, recyclable materials (instead of plastic - foam-type styrofoam that take forever to break down), and the list goes on and on. If you have an idea for your community send it to the mayor and a copy to us (we'll print it here, without your name).
Earth Day history, go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_day
| Free Environmental Coloring Books
- teach, your children well... about the environment!
| Earth Day is all year long:
Earth Day materials are abound...
if you know where to look... just google free solar coloring books... thanks to companies like DLTK's Crafts for Kids, you can find many printable Earth Day coloring pages. Click on the link below for the source of these great materials, DLTK Crafts. (Not affiliated)
Thanks to DLTK-kids.com for above graphic. For these and other great DLTK coloring pages just input the following into your browser: www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/earth.html
(be sure to credit DLTK)
|Recycling Space Girl, and Environmentally-conscious Gorilla:
here's another environmental line drawing available from DLTK. Kids (adults too?) will love to color these pictures and be reminded that the recycling, etc., is everyone's responsibility... Also, put "free coloring pages" in your favorite browser search engine to get more recent graphics.
One of EPA's most popular publications for students of all ages, this 11-page coloring-activity book (below) is full of tips for keeping earth a healthy planet. More renewable energy coloring books can be found by clicking here: coloring books
You can download this free coloring book art - and other free publications for students -simply go to: http://www.epa.gov/region5/publications/happy/happy.htm. Graphic courtesy Environmental Protection Agency
|EPA's version of Keeping Your Neighborhood Clean...
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(if it hasn't been voted out of office by now!)
| More Free Environmental Coloring Books
California Environmental Coloring Book Sites: click here
Coloring Book Site:
|click pictures for links:
| | Songs for the Environment
(Any Gr. Level)
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -
(Sung to "Eensy, Weensy Spider")
D A7 D
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - words that we all know
D A7 D
We have to save our planet so we can live and grow
D A7 D
We might be only children but we will try, you'll see
D A7 D
And we can save this planet - it starts with you and me
- Recycle -
(Sung to "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")
C F C
We recycle what we use
G7 C G7 C
Separate things and you should too
C F C G7
Glass and paper, plastic and tin
C G7 C G7
Go in your recycling bin
C F C
We must start now, we can't wait
G7 C G7 C
Quick, or it will be too late!
Click here for related product: Sustainable Solutions for the Earth - Workbook and Coloring plus Activites
Think up your own environment songs... Above songs courtesy of: Mary Flynn at www.songs4teachers.com
Educational - renewable energy blog sites :
... these are only idea links for blogging sites... put eco blog or renewable energy blog sites in your google browser and you will find more...
| Student projects - saving energy
Energy Detective- Would you like to be an energy detective ? > > Yes, you too can be an energy detective very easily... Here are some activities and projects we've collected specifically for students (and teachers !) to use at school or home... (after all, the fields of solar and renewable energy are not only practical, make fascinating science, but good career options as well).
Energy auditing: Choose a student to be class energy technician who will make sure energy is being properly used. You can pick a new technician each week! The energy "field rep" will turn off lights when no one is in the room, such as during recess and after class. Make "Turn It Off" type signs for the light switches at school and at home.
Be a weatherization detective! Big word, that weatherization, but it is an elementary concept. Work with your parents to find leaks and drafts in windows and doors by making a map of your house. Label all the doors, windows and vents. Then take a thin ribbon (or dollar bill) and hold it next to the edges of closed doors and windows. If your dollar bill or ribbon moves, you've found a leak! Then it's time to weatherize your house against the elements to save more energy. (The perfect family green activity: seal air leaks in your house to save energy and save money!) Look on your favorite search engine for information on weatherization and help out your neighbors... For more info, e-mail us. (info source: www.californiasciencecenter.com)
Environmental Audits for students - getting permission ahead of time, survey your school's (or home for home schooling) recycling and resources and "audit" (evaluate) their school: go to http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/Publications/default.asp?pubid=1140 for a free guide. (Find more at www.ciwmb.ca.gov.)
How can you make your home (or school) more energy efficient? Check out ways to conserve energy: click here
| Science Projects / Do-It-Yourself Solar Projects |
Need ideas about science projects? Here is a really good USC Science Fair page... Do-it-yourself projects? Two excellent sources we have found: Home Power and "Solar Today" magazines. They are chock full of solar and renewable energy do it yourself ideas...
Teachers and administrators: Have a question about do-it-yourself projects, science project help, a "teacher discount," "fundraising," or green curriculum?
Contact Segue to Solar today. Toll-free at 877-467-3483 - or email us at seguetosolar (at) aol.com
(No charge for questions and information)
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Misc. Renewablel Energy - STEM - Science Information
Ten-year employment projections by the U.S. Department of Labor show that of the 20 fastest-growing occupations projected for 2014, 15 of them require significant mathematics or science preparation
For STEM curriculum: California STEM information
(Science, Technology, Education and Math)
More STEM info: Change the Equation:
| Education Curriculum Materials
and - Media (free or at low cost to educators)*
Solar-oriented media: click here
Science oriented media:
The Renewable Resource Data Center (RReDC)
see website for address
The Technical Information Center
U.S. Department of Energy
P.O. Box 62
Oak Ridge, TN. 37830
Solar Energy Information Center
Solar Energy Research Institute
1617 Cole Boulevard
Golden, Colorado, 80401
National Science Foundation
1800 6th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20550
National Solar Energy Education Campaign
10762 Tucker St.
Beltsville, M.D. 20705
Popular Films: Solar Stars in Film...
"Race for the Sun" (1996-color 100 min./PG) - Columbia/ Tristar movie production of the true & inspiring story of students from Konawaena High School (in Hawaii), who construct a Solar Race Car that is entered in the 1990 World Solar Challenge in Australia...
look at this cast: Halle Berry, Jim Belushi, Steve Zahn, Casey Affleck. Contains footage of solar race and other pv situations. (If your local DVD store doesn't have this classic, order from Amazon or Sony Home Entertainment.)
Posters with a "Recycle Theme":
|Education Curriculum Materials - and Media, cont'd For California residents:
Southern California Edison
Educational Relations/Teacher Resources
Alhambra, CA 01803
www.sce.com/Community and Recreation/Education/
Tel., (626) 302-1212
California Integrated Waste Management Board
Office of Educ./Environ.Director
1001 'I' Street (P.O. Box 4025)
Sacramento, CA 95812
Free Environmental DVD
"Sunny and His Friends" is a free video - Educational DVD - Produced with State of California and Energy Matters - don't forget you can go to YouTube to see the previews...
... a series of short animated video programs to introduce children to renewable energy basics. Titles available: "Randy Solar Thermal," "Windy," & "Danny the Biogas Digester" (in Spanish).
Topics covered include: solar electric, solar thermal, wind energy, biogas, and small hydro power. The videos are available in English and Spanish languages. These videos were developed under funding from the California Energy Commission's Renewable Energy Consumer Education grant program with Scott Cronk.
How do I get the Free Environmental DVD?: To receive a copy of these free Suny and His Friends videos, please send us an email at: a href="mailto:email@example.com. (indicating your choices and language preference, address, etc.). Although Energy Matters owns and distributes Sunny & Friends we have received approval to give away free DVD's to visitors of Segue to Solar as well.
More Environmental DVDs
For info on our other renewable energy DVDs, click here for: "This Renewable House" - Educational DVD (offered through Segue to Solar).
| Solar Decathlon Information:
Click here for info on the yearly Solar Decathlon
event (team compete building homes using renewable energy...)
Office of the Assistant Secretary
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Mail Stop EE-1
Department of Energy
Washington, DC 20585
Videos, YouTube, and various
webinars at: Decathalon videos
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Children's Day TM
- Also has Earth Day events and educational/renewable energy activities. Contact us for more information (click "Contact" button at top of this page).
| | Curriculum / Lesson Plans
A Teacher's Guide to Integrating Solar Energy into Classroom Curriculum- written by educators
Look what you get:
- Engaging solar curricula based on the experiences of teachers
- DVD - showing video tutorials and interviews of teachers discussing experiences teaching solar energy
- Share lessons with your technology department
- Easy to understand lesson plans and worksheets
- Pracitical ideas for implementing solar curriculum in your classroom
- Convenient references to content standards with every lesson
Student Links: grants and contests
| "Energy Quest" Interactive Resource
(for creative and fun learning about solar)
Energy Innovations Grant
California Energy Commission
EISG Program Administrator
- San Diego State University Fdtn.
5250 Campanile Drive, MC 1858
San Diego, CA 92182-1858
Phone: (619) 594-1049
BP A+ for Energy Energy Education Grant
(link removed due to spill in Gulf)
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