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U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

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Educational Resources for Teachers

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon provides teachers with numerous opportunities to introduce renewable energy, energy efficiency, and science activities into their curricula. The resources provided below offer lesson plans and student activities that can be integrated into classrooms today.

Solar Decathlon Curriculum

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is proud to offer its own educational curriculum. The Solar Decathlon curriculum is intended for middle school and high school students and is focused on solar energy.

General Educational Resources

These educational resources are appropriate for students of a variety of ages.

U.S. Department of Energy

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Energy Information Administration

  • Energy Kids for Teachers
    The Energy Information Administration offers background information and activities for teachers to use with students of all ages.

Energy Quest

National Energy Education Development

Florida Solar Energy Center

  • Curricula
    This page provides a collection of lesson plans about renewable energy and energy efficiency.

  • Teacher Resources
    This comprehensive collection links to many energy websites.

Elementary School Lesson Plans and Activities

Energy Information Administration

Texas State Energy Conservation Office

Middle School Lesson Plans and Activities

Energy Information Administration

Florida Solar Energy Center

  • Solar Matters III
    This solar energy science unit is for intermediate sixth- through eighth-grade teachers and students.

Texas State Energy Conservation Office

High School Lesson Plans and Activities

Energy Information Administration

Florida Solar Energy Center

  • Solar Wonders
    This collection of presentations is an award-winning solar energy science unit for high school teachers and students.

  • Understanding Solar Energy
    This page offers a solar energy science unit for students in grades 9-12.

Texas State Energy Conservation Office

College Curricula and Resources

U.S. Department of Energy