The Pacific Northwest and Energy

Grant Goals: The Pacific Northwest and Energy

Energy Education Resources

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  resources, activities and lessons pertaining to PNW Energy sources-hydropower, solar and wind.

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

https://www.commonsense.org/education/lesson-plans/solar-energy

 

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