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Energy Conservation Resources for High School

During high school, students are beginning to figure out what they may want to pursue as a career or study in college.

This means that they will be getting introduced to a variety of different academic topics as well as world issues. One of those world issues should most certainly be the environmental impact of energy conservation efforts and how they play a big part in global sustainability. Watt Watchers of Texas is a state-sponsored STEM program designed to boost energy literacy and help schools save money by saving energy. We have a variety of activities, lessons, and tips for energy conservation that are applicable at all levels of education starting in kindergarten and working all the way up through high school.
Our team understands that high schoolers are preparing to become adults and active members of society, so they need to be prepared and knowledgeable about real world concerns, including the impact of energy waste. The curriculum resources we have available for high school teachers goes beyond the simple benefits and advantages of energy conservation. We help students dig deeper into saving energy through research, careers, and more in-depth analysis than would be presented to another age range such as middle school or elementary school.

Energy Curriculum Resources for High School Teachers

At Watt Watchers of Texas, we are dedicated to helping schools save money by saving energy and encouraging all of their students to participate in the school’s efforts. We know that it is important to continue to educate students about the fundamentals of energy conservation, and we also want to provide high school students with further examination of the various themes and topics comprising the energy saving effort. That is why we developed resources, activities, and information for students of all grade levels and have made those resources accessible to all teachers for free.
Our resources and student activities are divided into six themes that will easily supplement any energy conservation-based curriculum. We cover electricity, water, materials (recycling), cooling and heating, transportation, and food. For some grade levels, we have also newly developed at-home activities so that families can continue to teach kids about saving energy with family-friendly activities. Our high school level activities tend to be research-oriented and explore themes such as food resources based on geographical location, nuclear fission, entropy and power generation, careers in chemistry, kinetic energy, and so much more. These resources and activities will easily complement and supplement your energy conservation curriculum.
Watt Watchers also has a school-based program that allows students to monitor their teachers, administrators, and fellow students when it comes to energy conservation. The Student Patrol Program is the heart of the Watt Watchers of Texas, and students are given the ability to help Lil’ Tex and Ann prevent waste by the Wasters Gang. While it may seem like an activity designed for younger children, the concepts are still applicable for high schoolers. They may not want badges or certificates, but the energy conservation process and checking for things like lights left on in empty classrooms or powering down computers not in use are still critical. The Student Patrol can be adapted for your high school students’ needs and educational requirements.

Why is Energy Conservation Important?

We have access to a very limited amount of non-renewable resources, and humans have been using those resources for a long time. Because of this, it is critical that we discover new ways to harness and utilize renewable resources as well as conserve energy to reduce the depletion of the non-renewable resources.
We use these resources every day, and they are essential to sustain our modern way of life on earth. That is why it is everyone’s duty (even kids) to do their part in conserving energy throughout the course of their day. From simply turning off a light when you leave a room to limiting the length of your shower to swapping old light bulbs for new, energy efficient ones, every bit of participation helps.
As adults, we understand the benefits of energy conservation, especially when it comes to the monthly utility bills. The more energy we use, the higher the bills. So, it’s an obvious step to reduce our energy consumption in order to save money and help the planet as well. Children, however, may not immediately understand the advantages of energy conservation, so it is critical that they begin to learn these lessons at an early age and then continue their education well into their high school years. It may even spark an interest in a field of study for a future career that leads to even better energy saving techniques and strategies. No matter the age, learning about and implementing energy conservation methodologies is critical for us and our planet.

Check out these great activities for high schoolers!

Disposing and Recycling E-waste

E- waste or electronic waste refers to discarded electronic materials such as phones, TV’s, MP3 players, batteries, etc. You should take extra steps to safely dispose or recycle it.

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Making Banana Bread

Did your bananas get too ripe before you could finish them? Time to make banana bread!

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Food Preservation Techniques and Recipes: Making Jam

Did you find yourself with more fruit than you can eat? Don't let it go to waste—try making jam!

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Food Preservation Techniques and Recipes: Freezing and Dehydration

Don't let that extra food go to waste—dry it and save it for later. Dried fruit makes a tasty snack and lasts for weeks.

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Food Preservation Techniques and Recipes: Pickling and Fermentation

Historically, people have been pickling eggs, cabbage, carrots and many other food items in order to extend their storage life. Here are recipes for making pickled eggs and kimchi.

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At Home Master Chef

Food waste is a giant contributor to energy waste and can have major environmental impacts. Making new meals from leftovers can help lessen this problem.

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Working Through Food Deserts

Students should also create a detailed map of food resources in their area, classified by type and annotated with accessibility and time constraints. Then, they should evaluate whether their neighborhood or district is a food desert. How does the students' map compare with the Food Access Research Atlas?

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Atomic and Nuclear Phenomena

While nuclear materials are part of the earth’s crust and have been for millions of years, the modern history of harnessing nuclear energy for power generation is relatively short. Nuclear fission was first discovered in 1939, and the first controlled nuclear chain reaction took place in Chicago as part of the wartime Manhattan Project in 1942.

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Modeling Population Growth

The key underlying demographic trends that strain energy and water resources are population growth and economic growth. Other key trends are the impacts of global climate change and policy choices.

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Population Math

This activity uses published statistics from the global population monitors as the input for a variety of mathematical equations.

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History of Science

Students should identify a single historical or contemporary individual that made a significant contribution to the fields of energy, chemistry, physics, environmental science, or a related field. Students should explain the relationship between that scientist's work and previous and following work in the field. Special note should be made of collaboration, cross-disciplinary work, and the contribution of any women, minorities, or people of color.

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Careers in Chemistry

Leveraging the Minecraft: Education Edition produced by Microsoft, Careers in Chemistry is a new game-based experience aimed at showcasing chemistry-related career opportunities to high school students. The program features chemistry professor and science entertainer Dr. Kate Biberdorf of the University of Texas at Austin.

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Contact Watt Watchers for More High School Energy Conservation Resources

If you are a teacher or administrator who is interested in getting your school involved in the Watt Watchers of Texas energy conservation program, contact us today. We have all of the resources, information, and activities you could need to ensure a successful implementation of our program. Our resources are great supplements to your curriculum and can definitely help students see how they can play a part in energy conservation. It could also open their eyes to new and exciting fields that they didn’t know existed but may want to pursue in the future.

At Watt Watchers, we are dedicated to helping schools reduce their energy consumption as well as waste so that we can all make a positive impact on the environment. We also want to help schools reduce their monthly costs on utility bills so that they can save that money for something more beneficial to the whole school. Contact us today for more information or download our free materials!

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