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Middle School Home Energy Audit

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This project was designed for middle school students as part of a study on energy. We wanted students to understand the issues around energy and some of the benefits/problems related to alternative energies. Learners will be in heterogeneous groups selected by the teacher. Students will be involved in a variety of tasks which include searching the Internet for information, conducting energy audits, contacting NREL scientists, using NREL's databases and communicating with other students. They will do group evaluations and keep daily logs of work accomplished.


Teaching Examples by Grade Level

Seventh Grade Science:

Monarch K-8, Louisville, Colorado- The Sun as a Reliable Source of Energy for Housing Developments

Scott Carpenter Middle School, Westminster, Colorado - Investigating Solar Energy

Eighth Grade Science:

Powell Middle School, Littleton, Colorado - Energy Sources for the Future and Geographical Options

Highly Gifted and Talented Magnet School-Baker Middle School, Denver, Colorado - Solar Energy as a Viable Energy Source




Created for the NTEP II Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.


Authors: Sue Emmons, Powell Middle School, Littleton, CO; Kevin Lindauer, John F. Kennedy High School, Denver, CO; Linda Lung, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO; John Sepich, Scott Carpenter Middle School, Westminster, CO; ; Janet Stellema, Monarch K-8, Louisville, CO.
Created: September 9, 1998 revised August 9, 2001
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/ntep/f98/projects/nrel/ class.shtml