The Pacific Northwest and Energy

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Pacific Northwest Energy Education is a rebranded program offering and under slight restructuring. The program will support K-12 learning with energy related projects, classroom visits, field study and curriculum, support systems for energy conservation and innovation, and highlight EWEB Board Priorities as well as the 4J Climate Resolution. Our current energy program fits well with EWEB Board priorities. Curriculum will continue to be adapted to remain relevant to address the changes expected in the Pacific Northwest and the connection to our local power source. The bullets below list specific components relating to energy that will be addressed in this program.

  • Pacific Northwest mix: hydropower and wind- their connection & carbon reduction strategies, energy technologies- pros and cons, options for the future
  • Wind Energy learning/Wind Challenge
  • Solar and EV learning/Solar Challenge
  • Professional learning for teachers
  • Supplement elementary FOSS kit in the area of energy 
  • Supplement Middle School iQWST units in the area of energy 
  • Utilize Climate Generation and EcoRise Sustainable Intelligence Curriculum


  • Provide hands-on lessons and field experiences related to PNW energy mix
  • Provide access to curriculum and materials for wind energy unit and solar challenge
  • Develop skills in innovation and engineering
  • Develop skills in reasoning and problem solving
  • Professional learning for teachers

Alignment to EWEB board priorities

The EWEB Education Grant Program is intended to support K-12 education activities directly connected with EWEB’s mission. The objectives listed above meet the adopted area of study for energy.

  • Energy: PNW power supply mix, options for the future, pros and cons of different energy technologies

Target audience/number of students reached/timeline

Target Audience: 3rd-8th grade

Potential Number of Students: 3,000+

Timeline: January-June


Energy 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 various conservation and renewable energy resources, activities and lessons.


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)






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?


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