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K-12 Energy Education

The interdisciplinary topic of energy resources can be embedded throughout K-12 curriculum. Whether you are teaching fourth graders the history of Wyoming or sophomores the laws of physics, energy resource studies can serve as a fascinating, real-world topic to engage students. These energy lesson plans support your efforts to integrate energy topics into your class in any subject area.

Energy Literacy Education

In 2013, the School of Energy Resources partnered with ExxonMobil to advance energy literacy education in Wyoming. Our mission is to connect energy information and 21st-century career skills to position students for competitive success in higher education and the energy workforce.

The Energy and Society curriculum was developed as a result of this partnership and is a placed-based, integrated approach to energy literacy education. The curriculum draft is available for download (pdf format.)

  • Complete curriculum
  • Table of Contents
  • Unit 1: Energy in Context - Understanding personal place in the energy conversation
  • Unit 2: Why Wyoming? - Why does Wyoming have so many energy resources?
  • Unit 3: Human History of Wyoming -Evolution of mining, drilling and production
  • Unit 4: Identifying Stakeholders - Exploring multiple perspectives
  • Unit 5: Wyoming's Coal - The past and future
  • Unit 6: Wyoming's Oil and Natural Gas - Extraction and reclamation
  • Unit 7: Wyoming's Wind - How Wyoming is taking advantage of the wind
  • Unit 8: What's Next - The future of energy in Wyoming
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Energy Education Resources

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Lesson Plans Developed by Wyoming Educators

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Essential Principles for Energy Education

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Next Generation Science Standards

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