If you’re a K-12 educator looking for energy education resources for your classroom, or tips on how to save energy at your school, look no further - Watt Watchers of Texas is robust STEM program with over 130 lessons, activities, games, tips, videos, and more - and it’s all 100% free.
Watt Watchers was founded in 1985. The original program focused primarily on the “Student Patrol Groups” walking up and down school hallways seeking out signs of energy waste throughout the building, such as lights left on or a leaky water fountain. Between 1985 and 2018, Watt Watchers student patrol groups have helped participating schools save thousands, to tens of thousands, to even hundreds of thousands of dollars in utility costs each year.
Today, the Watt Watchers program has expanded beyond the original student patrols and offers a modern look at how energy is embedded in our everyday lives. Designed to go deeper than just turning the lights off, students, teachers and families will now have the opportunity to learn about energy conservation and cost saving tips through modern, everyday categories, such as food, water, and transportation.
Watt Watchers of Texas is a state-sponsored program, and it’s fully aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) science standards for grades K-12. A complete list of TEKS follows each lesson or activity, making it easy and convenient for educators to use. To get started, simply visit www.watt-watchers.com/activities.
Best of all, and thanks to a partnership with KLRN San Antonio PBS, the refreshed Watt Watchers program has teacher training workshops twice a year. Teachers who attend the KLRN workshops can receive professional development (PD) credit for their participation.
If you’re an educator and you’re interested in attending a future training, check out our Resources page to watch a past session. Likewise, be sure to sign up for our Watts Happening newsletter so you can be alerted to future training workshops. If you’d like to schedule a training session for your school please contact us for more information.
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Watt Watchers of Texas
204 E. Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas 78712