Conservation and Renewable Energy

Conservation and utilizing renewable energy is at the heart of our education partnership. In the Eugene area 70% of our electricity is created by hydropower. Developing an understanding of where our local energy comes from, as well as, water and energy conservation education gives 4j students experiences to help them become better informed as they grow into our future leaders and decision makers.

Below you will find links to various conservation and renewable energy resources, activities and lessons.

Hydropower

The Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) has a wealth of resources available to educators. We are highlighting the following items from their website.

An overview of how hydropower generates up to 75% of the electricity used in the Northwest:

River to Power video (8:57)

How hydropower works:

FWEE-Hydro Tour Graphic

Video: Walk through a hydroelectric project (0:29)

Inside a hydro generator

Excellent guide to understanding how hydropower operates in the Pacific Northwest:

Following Nature’s Current-digital textbook

How the hydroelectric system works, who is responsible for these projects, and laws and agreements that help guide operation.

How the Northwest Hydro system works-abstract

Hydroelectricity timeline

Lessons from FWEE and Teach Engineering

Teach Engineering-Powering the U.S. -4th grade

Teach Engineering-Dams 5th grade unit

Clean Energy:Hydropower 5th grade

The Nature of Water-grades 6-8

Make Your Own Water wheel (7-9 grade)

 

 

 

Solar

Water

Water Planet

In this Mystery, students use estimation and graphing to discover the surprising difference in the amounts of fresh and salt water on Earth. (Mystery Science is an open source science curriculum…so its free to sign up.) Mystery Science-How much water is in the world?

Water Quality Activities

In this experiment kids K-2 learn just how hard it is to undo water pollution. Can you undo water pollution?

Wind

The Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) has a wealth of resources available to educators. We are highlighting the following item from their website.

Wind turbine tour…multiple pages to process through to build an understanding of how wind turbines work.

How wind turbines generate electricity