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Energy Walkabout

National Energy Foundation, US Department of Energy

In this activity learners work in pairs or small groups to evaluate energy use in their school and make recommendations for improved efficiency. Students create and use an energy audit tool to collect data and present recommendations to their class. Further communication at the school and district level is encouraged.

Activity takes two class periods. A camera is essential for this activity.

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Energy Literacy

This Activity builds on the following concepts of Energy Literacy.

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Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines

1. Questioning, Analysis and Interpretation Skills:C) Collecting information
Other materials addressing:
C) Collecting information.
4. Personal and Civic Responsibility:D) Accepting personal responsibility
Other materials addressing:
D) Accepting personal responsibility.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.3 Humans and Their Societies:C) Political and economic systems
Other materials addressing:
C) Political and economic systems.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.4 Environment and Society:A) Human/environment interactions
Other materials addressing:
A) Human/environment interactions.
2. Knowledge of Environmental Processes and Systems:2.4 Environment and Society:E) Environmental Issues
Other materials addressing:
E) Environmental Issues.
3. Skills for Understanding and Addressing Environmental Issues:3.2 Decision-Making and Citizenship Skills:B) Evaluating the need for citizen action
Other materials addressing:
B) Evaluating the need for citizen action.

Notes From Our Reviewers The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness. Read what our review team had to say about this resource below or learn more about how CLEAN reviews teaching materials
Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Have students complete energy audit sheets for each classroom they go to during one day and then compile the list of classrooms analyzed. This will cut down on the number of rooms that have to be covered during a single science class period.

About the Content

  • Science involves students' ability to identify "energy-wise" and "energy-foolish" practices, although the Energy Audit Checklist provided with the activity helps to identify areas where energy savings are possible.
  • Comments from expert scientist: The scientific strengths come from the information provided before the activity, as to why the activity is helpful, and the information gained after the "extension activities," where the anticipated consequence of the activity is discussed or revealed.

About the Pedagogy

  • Activity is meant to be done after the Energy Action Challenge: http://energy.gov/eere/education/downloads/take-energy-action-challenge
  • Students in pairs or small groups investigate and document (visually as well as via the energy audit checklist) energy-saving practices in their school - discuss and share results and recommendations with school community.
  • Activity provides a way to include the broader community in the classroom learning. An energy audit checklist is provided or classes can write their own.
  • The extension activities provide worthwhile cross curriculum connections for math and language arts/multimedia.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Instructors will need to have a plan to effectively monitor students as they move around the school building to conduct their audit.
  • The two extension activities provided will enrich the learning across the curriculum (language arts/multimedia).
  • The Energy audit checklist is also very strong and will help students focus on common opportunities for saving energy.

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Entered the Collection: September 2013 Last Reviewed: September 2016

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