This year the world, including the United States, has been devastated by a virus the likes of which we have not seen for some time. It has required us to stay home, keep our distance from others, close down shops and schools, and wear masks when out in public. One of the most difficult parts of this ordeal has been deciding how education for our kids will continue, and for many schools and teachers, distanced online learning has been the best option.
Students have become extremely used to attending school, seeing their friends, and listening to lessons taught by their teachers every day. That has become a challenge because of COVID-19, and distance learning techniques are being developed, revised, and perfected by teachers, administrators, and parents to ensure their kids can still get the education they need and deserve in the safest way possible.
At Watt Watchers of Texas, we are dedicated to helping parents and teachers show students the value of learning about energy and participating in energy saving efforts, even from the safety of their homes. We have assembled a variety of distance learning resources that can be utilized by parents and teachers no matter what format of online teaching they have chosen to implement. From at-home energy efficiency efforts to joining the Student Patrol Program with the family and everything in between, you can find all of the activities, lessons, and other resources you need to deliver great energy education to your children.
Watt Watchers of Texas understands that the prospect of taking over as your children’s teacher or trying to implement a new subject (energy conservation) without the classroom as a foundation can be daunting for any parent. It can also be tough for teachers to transition from the face-to-face classroom experience to a completely online platform. With our distance learning resources, you can still help demonstrate to your students the importance of energy conservation and conduct activities with them in a variety of themes.
One type of energy that is used in almost every home, business, school, and building throughout the country is electricity. It is very easy to unknowingly or unconsciously waste electricity by leaving on a light in an unoccupied room, not unplugging unused electronics, or even using outdated types of lightbulbs. These activities and resources are perfect for all age ranges and help students understand how electricity can be conserved.
Water is one of the most vital resources for the continuation of life on earth, so it is critical that it is not wasted. The activities and resources provided by Watt Watchers in the water category demonstrate how to conserve water and the many ways that water is used (and overused) throughout the country.
Thankfully, recycling has become an important part of many people’s daily lives. Whether they are drinking water from reusable bottles or making sure they have divided their trash items into recyclable bins, people have truly seen the value of recycling. These activities will show students why recycling is so important when it comes to a finished product’s connection to the materials extracted from the earth which were used to make that item.
Have you ever walked into a retail store or office building and started shivering almost immediately? That’s likely because whoever is in charge of the thermostat has it turned up way too high. The unnecessary energy consumption from air conditioning units or heaters that have been set too cold or too hot, respectively, needs to be discussed. Students will learn best practices when using their AC or heater units (or at least check to make sure their parents have set them to an appropriate temperature).
When it comes to getting from place to place, most people will use some form of motorized vehicle. That means fuel will likely be used. Kids do not need to understand the inner workings of car engines or fuel, but they can definitely see the benefits of carpooling with friends and family to save gas.
In our world, it is important that food is not wasted but rather utilized effectively to keep our bodies running and healthy. Our food activities and resources will show students where their food comes from, how it grows, and what happens to waste after it leaves their kitchens.
At Watt Watchers of Texas, we are proud to have a program dedicated to giving kids the power to watch over their classmates, teachers, administrators, and parents. This program is the Student Patrol. They will join Lil’ Tex and Ann to fight the devious efforts of the Wasters Gang by making sure that energy is being conserved throughout their schools - and homes. We have tips and activities that your kids can do at home to make sure that the Waster Gang doesn’t take over your utility bills, and your kids will enjoy wearing Patrol Program badges and handing out tickets for energy violations or award certificates when they find improvements.
Our energy conservation experts at Watt Watchers are excited to share our online resources with parents and teachers who are struggling to find ways to demonstrate the importance of energy saving to students and kids of all ages. Regardless of your children’s ages or interests, we have resources, activities, and lessons to inspire and educate on all areas of energy education.
Watt Watchers of Texas is a state-sponsored STEM program designed to help boost energy literacy for students in grades K-12. We are dedicated to helping students learn the value of energy resources and to assisting schools and parents at home save money on their utility bills. Whether you need tips, activities, or lessons, we have all the online resources you will need for a distance learning energy conservation curriculum. Check out everything we have to offer or contact us today to find out more!
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