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Information about Energy|Science Posse Internet Resources

Patty Nevlin and her students at Techedlab.com were putting together a sustainable energy guide. They found our pages helpful, and suggested that we add this guide on alternative energy.


NEWS: Timely articles about enegry issues in Wyoming from the Casper Star Tribune, and Wyofile

The Energy Journal
Energy Articles at Wyofile, In-depth Reporting about Wyoming People, Places and Policy

 

GENERAL RESOURCES
U.S. Department of Energy
Provides information about energy sources, usage and efficiency as well as innovation and emerging technologies.
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Energy Kids
Provides a wealth of information through online activities and resources. Topics include: What is Energy?, Energy Sources, Using and Saving Energy, History of Energy
Energy Quest by the California Energy Commission
This site contains a great deal of information for students through readings, movies, and activities.  Reading includes the Energy Story, which takes students through energy basics, electricity, fossil fuels, and renewable energies.  This site is most appropriate for upper elementary and middle level students. 
Energy Data University of California, Irvine
Units for measuring energy and power, including energy and CO2 content of various fuels.
U.S. Energy Information Administration Energy Country Analysis Briefs
Energy Country Analysis Briefs contain information about energy production and consumption in countries around the world.
Facts and Information All About Energy
This site was recommended to us by Steven through his teacher Linda. Steven found "a lot of great information here defining what energy is, its different forms and uses it can be converted into." Included are links defining energy and electricity, discussing generators, turbines, power plants and electricity transmission, types of energy (geothermal, fossil, hydro, ocean, wind, natural gas, solar), saving energy and energy efficiency.

CAREERS
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Energy Kids
Links to PDF’s about Careers in Energy Fields
Get into Energy, Center of Energy Workforce Development
This site helps to build awareness for those considering a career in energy. 

TIMELINE/HISTORY
Energy Timeline, Energy Information Agency
Timeline of energy developments and uses since the 1700s

ENERGY CONSERVATION
Kids Saving Energy
Dr. E’s Energy Lab is an activity filled site (games) focused on using energy wisely
Energy Star, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Energy Star helps students see where energy comes from, how it is used, and what they can do to conserve it.
Energy Hog
Energy Hog was created by the Ad Council and several other organizations (including the DOE) to support teaching students how to energy in their homes.   Resources include a link to a site for conducting an energy audit.   This site is most appropriate for upper elementary and middle level.

CARBON SEQUESTRATION
The United State Energy Association
USEA's CO2 Capture & Storage and Clean Energy News is distributed to a wide audience in the United States and overseas.  It highlights CO2 capture and storage and clean energy projects, technologies, R&D, regulatory activities, costs and funding, and state and local actions.
Department of Energy Carbon Sequestration site

FOSSIL FUELS: COAL
Wyoming Coal
This site was created by the WY State Geological Survey and UW Science and Math Teaching Center.  Topics include: Origin of Coal, Moving Coal, Mining of Coal, Using Coal, Wyoming Coal
Wyoming Mining Association
The site provides information on Wyoming coal, uranium, trona, and bentonite. The Minequest section provides on-line learning journeys to give students information about the role of the mining industry in their local communities, engage students in applying skills of collaboration, problem solving and higher level thinking, model interactive and constructivist thinking, link to Wyoming standards and include instruction and practice in research and Internet information search and retrieval skills.
Wyoming State Geological Survey
Provides online and publication information on Wyoming’s mineral and energy resources.  An excellent resource is Circular No. 44, Wyoming Coal, by Nick Jones, Scott Quillinan, and James McClurg.  It is available for $6.00 through the WSGS online sales office.
Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy
Site offers a basic explanation of coal formation on a geologic timescale
U.S. Coal Supply and Demand, Energy Information Agency
2009 Coal production in the US

FOSSIL FUELS: OIL AND GAS
The API developed this interactive site focusing on technologies used to support exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas.  This site is appropriate for middle and high school students.
Drilling – A Crude Story, University of Wisconsin
Provides the origin of petroleum, history and innovation.
The Hubbert Peak for World Oil
Petroleum resources- what are the quantities of nonrenewable resources left on reserves?
Natural Gas: Fueling the Blue Flame, Department of Energy
What is natural gas? Where it is found?
Coalbed Methane: An Untapped Energy Resource, U.S. Geological Survey

NUCLEAR ENERGY
The Nuclear Wall Chart and Teaching Guide (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
California Energy Commission
Basics about nuclear energy
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Radioactive waste
University of Melbourne
Benefits of Nuclear Energy

RENEWABLE ENERGY
Solar Energy, California Energy Commission
U. S. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Solar Energy Basics,
Photovoltaics
Solar Heating
Wind Turbines Explores how wind turbines make electricity for the utility grid
Geothermal Education Office
This site provides resources for both teachers and students.
Wyoming Field Trip: Wind Farm, Wyoming Public Broadcasting
Take a video field trip to a Wyoming wind farm! There are also links here to videos on where to put a wind farm, how a wind turbine works, and how electricity is measured and distributed. There is also a "Wind Farm Facts" page with links to many other sources of wind power information, videos and animations.

GENERATING ELECTRICITY
Energy Information Agency
Electricity Supply and Demand Fact Sheet,   
Current issues facing electricity generation in the U.S. and how industry deals with these issues.
Electric Power Industry Overview
Provides links to websites that provide information on various aspects of the electric power industry.
What is Electricity?
This page provides the basics about electricity and the history of electrical generation.
California Energy Commission
What is electricity?
Electricity Transmission System
How generators, turbines, and power plants work together to create electricity.
Start Your Engines, ThinkQuest
Learn how different turbines work. 
National Teacher Enhancement Project
How to measure the amount of electricity your appliances use.
XCEL Energy
Virtual Tour of a Power Plant

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