Every Project ReCharge lesson follows the 5E Learning Model using hands-on activities to help students build their own understanding from life experiences, collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, and engineering design. Students use what they learn to construct a proposal to decrease energy use at home, their school, or the community – some of which will be funded by Envirolution and implemented in the community. 21st Century and SEL standards are woven through each lesson, and the curriculum supports Next Generation Science Standards for both Middle School and High School levels. This curriculum is designed to be supplemental to fit the needs of the teacher. Each curriculum is updated annually by licensed teachers and professionals, therefore teachers and administrators know they are using a curriculum that meets the latest education requirements.
Sustainability Introduction: Students investigate what sustainability is, how it affects their lives now and in the future, as well as possible strategies to be more sustainable on many levels with a commitment pledge.
Unit 1 Energy Basics: Students will increase their fundamental knowledge of electromagnetism, circuits, generating electricity, and renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
Unit 2 Thermal Systems: Students will explore the transfer of thermal energy, compare differing qualities of insulation, and construct model houses that display passive heating and cooling strategies.
Unit 3 Electrical Systems: Students will investigate the electrical energy usage of lighting systems and appliances to determine ways to be more sustainable and consider energy efficiency upgrades.
Unit 4 Energy Detectives: Students will familiarize themselves with real energy data, explore electrical loads, and analyze school energy bills.
Unit 5 Student Projects: Students will team up to come up with energy and sustainability conservation measure recommendations for saving energy and money which they will present to school administrators.
After students complete Unit 5, some proposals are selected to present at the End-of-Year Event, where Envirolution will choose several proposals to be funded and implemented. For more info on implemented student projects, go to
Project ReCharge has partnered with McKinstry to use their live Facility Performance Management Dashboard!
For more information click here: McKinstry Dashboard
Curriculum Updates Coming Soon
Envirolution is committed to curriculum development to provide more resources to teachers and more diverse education to our youth. See below for edits in progress and new activity and lessons in development: Interested in sponsoring new lessons or being part of our curriculum advisory board? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
- Climate Scene Investigation Activity – global warming and climate change breakout
- Solar Car Activity → use solar data to design a working solar car
- High School Solar Lesson → solar lesson for High School Physical Science Course
- Solar Battery Storage Activity – solar battery storage and solar efficiency
- High School Insulation Lesson → insulation lesson for High School Physical Science Course
- Geothermal Lesson → hands-on geothermal energy
- Electric Car Lesson → high school math lesson comparing electric, hybrid, and combustion cars
- Water Energy Nexus Lesson → how energy use is connected to water use and vice versa
- Elementary Curriculum → insulation lesson for 5th Grade Standards
Envirolution is dedicated to provide the best curriculum to our teachers. Every year we update the curriculum based on teacher feedback, professional development, new learning strategies and current industry and community needs. Below are just a few key updates over the last few years : For more information about the Project ReCharge curriculum, please reach out to curriculum manager, Megan Weinhold at email@example.com
2019 – 2020
- Updated illustrations on student handouts to better align with curriculum standards.
- Developed doodle notes to allow students to create a deeper understanding of sustainability and promote student engagement.
- McKinstry Dashboard activity added to allow students to see live energy data to use in their proposals.
- Developed 3 new art lessons to prompt the understand of science content through art to reach a wider range of students and move the curriculum from STEM to STEAM
- Continued to closely analyze NGSS standards to better support teacher instruction in the classroom.
- Unit documents reformatted to provide clearer information for teacher planning.
- Revised lesson plan format for improved teacher accessibility
- Incorporated investigative phenomenon that promotes student questioning while meeting latest science pedagogy
- Close analysis and update of the NGSS standards that the lessons support.
- Integrated 21st Century Competencies and Social and Emotional Learning Connections to create a more dynamic curriculum
- Included an option for student home proposals to allow for differentiation between grade levels
- Updated assessment questions to include a variety of questions and depth of knowledge levels to better match State and National testing formats.