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Welcome Back to School, Watt Watchers

October 7, 2021

With the fall semester in full swing, it's time to start thinking about all the amazing learning resources available at your fingertips. Watt Watchers is here to help you add excitement to your classroom through hands-on activities, project-based lessons, games, and short videos.

Watt Watchers is a STEM program created to help boost energy literacy for K-12 students - and ultimately - to help schools and families save money by saving energy. Through a wealth of online and downloadable resources that educators and students can use at home or in the classroom, Watt Watchers teaches students about the importance of energy and water, while also providing ways we can create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.

Who Can Use Watt Watchers? 

The Covid-19 pandemic brought about many challenges for students. Virtual school led to new obstacles, often creating an environment where it is more difficult to stay motivated. However, Watt Watchers helped many students stay active and motivated about saving energy and the planet during this time. Throughout the pandemic the Watt Watchers team worked hard to keep the program current, and to modify the program for our at-home learners. Even though most students are back to in-person learning, we still spend a lot of time at home, so why not take the opportunity to learn new and improved ways to use the energy you have more efficiently? Now, not only can students take advantage of Watt Watchers resources at school, but they can also apply those energy saving tips at home. After all, turning off the lights adds up fast, and who doesn’t like to save money? 

So, no matter where your current learning journey is - at school, or at home - you, your students, and families can take advantage of the Watt Watchers program. 

Getting Started

If you need some recommendations on where to start your Watt Watchers journey, check out some of our most popular activities. This includes our meter reading, water conservation at home and calculating showers activities. Did you know the average American uses eighty two gallons of water per day? Despite the accessibility we have to water, we often lack the information necessary to make the appropriate decisions when it comes to water usage. Being more aware of the systems used to make water accessible to you will encourage you to be more thoughtful about how that water is used. 

Our Solar Oven Smores activity is also a big hit with students and families! It is no mystery why students everywhere are eager to make smores at home. This is a fantastic way to make a delicious snack while demonstrating how energy is used for everyday activities. By giving the students an opportunity to use direct energy resources on a smaller scale where the use of energy resources is more obvious, they open the door to learning about how energy resources are used all around them to make their daily activities possible. A student might complete this activity and develop a better understanding of how the sun could help power someone's home, or get an idea for a new way to use solar power. By taking some time out of your day to learn how to calculate your water usage, or how to use the sun's energy to make a great desert, you can make a huge difference in how you use the energy in your home. In effect creating lifelong energy friendly habits or even inspiring a student to think about energy from a more innovative perspective. 

Start Your Energy Education Journey Today

Watt Watchers is an excellent resource for educators, students, and families looking to learn more about energy - and to save energy. If you are interested in STEM topics, or if you simply want to save a little extra money each month, make sure to visit our website to learn more about the resources we have to offer. In combination with our partner programs and sponsors, there will always be something new for you to learn and incorporate into your everyday life!

Watt Watchers of Texas is a Partner Program of Smart Energy Education.
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