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The Energy and the Environment Curriculum is organized in a way which allows students to work through the technological method of problem solving as they work their way through the curriculum: describing the problem and desired results; gathering information; thinking of solutions; choosing, implementing and evaluating those solutions; and re-entering the design spiral as necessary at any step. The question that we ask the students at the beginning of the curriculum is to think about how their energy choices effect the environment. We ask the students to solve an energy problem and communicate their results: such as, "How could you reduce the amount of fossil fuels used in your home and communicate it to the rest of your class?" or, "Identify, defend and carry out a personal energy decision that positively affects your future and that of others".

The curriculum is organized into eight topics, each with a lesson plan, activities that reinforce the concepts covered, and sometimes a correlating homework assignment or assessment. These eight topics generally flow in a specific order, but they are also somewhat interchangeable depending on the teachers and students needs. The topics we cover in the Energy and Environment Curriculum are listed below:

  1. The Energy Problem
  2. Problem Solving
  3. Energy Basics
  4. Renewable vs. Nonrenewable
  5. Energy Conservation
  6. Energy Forms, States, and Conversions
  7. Energy Sources and Systems
  8. Energy Efficiency