Energy Curriculum Published by the NorthWoods Stewardship Center
Submitted by Betsy Tahtinen
The NorthWoods Stewardship Center has recently published "Power for Change: an Energy Curriculum for Grades K-12." This 220-page resource is the product of years of research and testing with student groups and teachers. The curriculum is organized to be user-friendly and to provide useful information and activities for both entry-level and more advanced energy educators. Beginning with an overview of important basic energy concepts, the curriculum provides extensive, up-to-date information on the most common renewable energy sources and systems (solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and biomass) and on energy consumption, conservation, and efficiency. The main feature of the curriculum is a series of 18 inquiry-based, hands-on lessons addressing energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy. Also included are 50 student handouts, a comprehensive energy glossary, and a sources list that provides links to other excellent resources. To reserve a copy of the new curriculum, please contact the education department at (802) 723-6551 x115.
The Power for Change initiative at NorthWoods began in 2007 and has included installation of renewable energy systems at the NorthWoods facility as well as a number of education workshops and resources for all ages. Funding for this project was provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Canaday Family Charitable Trust, Entergy, Paul and Ellie Gavin, the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Vermont Department of Public Service.
The NorthWoods Stewardship Center is a non-profit organization in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont that has programs in environmental education, renewable energy initiatives, land management, conservation science, conservation corps service work, and outdoor recreation. As NorthWoods' mission states, it strives to "connect human and natural communities through education and action." For more information about NorthWoods or the Power for Change initiative, visit the web site:
The book can be ordered online at:
- NorthWoods Stewardship Center Energy Initiatives : http://northwoodscenter.org/energyintiatives.html