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Free Energy Education Activities

If you are looking for classroom activities focused on energy consumption that includes actionable ways to teach students about saving energy at your school, you have come to the right place!

These student activities supplement an energy conservation and energy efficiency curriculum. These exercises reinforce teaching and learning and are designed to increase awareness of how conserving energy, water, and materials is achievable in our everyday life.

We’ve divided the activities into six themes, but many are cross-curricular and cross-topic. Many are appropriate for a single class period or take-home assignment. Feel free to use or combine them in any order for a rich learning experience.

Theme

Grade Level

International Regulations for Refrigeration and the Environment

Most of the activities and explorations within the Watt Watchers of Texas portfolio look at individual actions focused on conservation and sustainable decision-making. This activity looks at some examples of international law, treaties, and regulation that affect refrigeration and air conditioning all around the world.

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Refrigerants and Texas

Air conditioning depends on a pressurized system of fluid repeatedly evaporating and condensing within a closed system in order to absorb heat from the air inside your space. In the past, air conditioners used water, ammonia, or carbon dioxide. However, in order to adapt to higher demand for indoor cooling, companies turned to different chemical compounds and synthetic fluids in order to achieve better cooling efficiency.

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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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Planning Public Transportation

Before beginning this activity, you may want to consider moving through Modes of Transportation or Modeling Public Transportation in order to gain familiarity with the topic at hand. The purpose of this activity is to model geographically how a public transportation system works in your town, neighborhood, or region. This is a mapping activity appropriate for groups or individuals.

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Modeling Public Transportation

After identifying and looking at the capacity of different modes of transportation, this activity takes a more problem-solving approach to move individuals from one place to another. If you' and your class are beginning to explore algebraic representation, there is an opportunity to extend the procedure of this activity into mathematical expressions.

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Relative Humidity

Temperature is the weather metric most obviously associated with human comfort, but humidity is the real key. Humidity is the amount of moisture in the form of water vapor in the air all around us, and it really affects how we feel in the weather. Meteorologists use the term relative humidity, which refers to the ratio of water vapor actually in the air compared to how much water vapor air can hold.

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When your school participates in and implements a curriculum of energy conservation and energy efficiency, the Watt Watchers of Texas are here to help you supplement your efforts with our free energy activities and lessons to use in your classroom. These energy activities are designed to reinforce teaching and learning as well as increase awareness of how best to conserve energy in our daily lives.

In an effort to make these energy lessons for students as useful as possible for you as teachers, administrators, and staff, we have divided them into six themes which often have cross-over with other categories. Feel free to enact them whichever way you think is best: in-class assignments, take home tasks, or other types of student work. They are also further divided by grade level to help ensure that your students get the right lesson plans for their age.

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