National Teacher Enhancement Project

Middle School Home Energy Audit


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Many options exist for the implementation of these lessons in the classroom. The project as a whole has been designed to address a variety of needs and educational situations. The project can be completed by students individually as a self-guided unit, in small groups as part of a class project, or by a whole class as part of a more extensive unit. Likewise, the energy lessons that lead to the completion of student projects can be utilized in sequence or be separated into specific groupings according to students needs.
Teachers who have utilized these pages and project in their classes have used a variety of approaches. The scenarios below give some specific information on the timeframe, use of technology, and student projects from students representing a variety of grade levels and demographic backgrounds. Each teacher who submitted scenarios implemented the lessons in different ways to suprisingly diverse student populations.
After reviewing some examples, many teaching options become available. All or some of the student pages can be used to teach the topics themselves or reinforce additional classroom learning. Incorporating extension activities provides for limitless possibilities.

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 - Updated: September 27, 2001.