Each lesson follows the 5E Learning Model which helps students build their own understanding from life experiences, self discovery and new ideas. In addition, every lesson is aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math and 21st Century competencies for both Middle School and High School levels, so teachers and administrators know they are using curriculum that meets the latest education requirements.
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, determine life cycle costs and simple payback of energy efficiency upgrades. Students will also learn to analyze home energy bills all while connecting energy saving recommendations to their environmental impact.
Unit 4 Energy Detectives: Students will familiarize themselves with LoadIQ (the realtime energy monitoring technology), explore electrical loads and analyze school energy bills.
Unit 5 Student Projects: Students will team up to come up with energy conservation measure recommendations for saving energy and money which they will present to school administrators.