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American Coal Foundation
101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Suite 525-E
Washington, DC 20001-2133
(202) 463-9785
Fax: (202) 463-9786
E-Mail: info@teachcoal.org
Web: www.teachcoal.org

A nonprofit educational organization supported by a coalition of coal producers and mining equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

Teachers can receive FREE educational materials (teacher packet and coal samples). These materials include: general information brochures on coal, electricity, and land reclamation; coloring and activity book; activity book with teacher guide (website); activities for elementary and secondary students (website); coal samples; a guide to coal CDs and videos (website).

Additional copies and other material (video, CD-ROM) are available for a nominal charge. When ordering, include name of organization/school, address, phone/fax numbers, and grade level. Contact ACF for information. To place an order, contact West Glen Communications, 1430 Broadway, New York, NY 10018, (800) 325-8677, (212) 921-9536 (fax).    7

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 
1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 801
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 429-8873
(202) 429-0063 (publications)
Fax: (202) 429-2248
E-Mail: info@aceee.org
Web: www.aceee.org

An independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both environmental protection and economic prosperity.

Publishes a variety of books, reports, consumer guides, and fact sheets. Material covers energy use and efficiency, as well as related environmental issues in buildings, industry, and transportation. ACEEE’s books and reports are written primarily for adults and concern energy-efficient technologies and policies for end-use.

In addition, the Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings is a popular illustrated book for general consumers and is a suitable teaching resource for grades 8 through 12. ACEEE’s Green Book®  Online: The Environmental Guide to Cars and Trucks, updated annually and available only online, is a one-of-kind buyers’ guide that ranks vehicles according to environmental friendliness. These materials are available for a fee and are described in a free catalog.  8

American Electric Power
Community Relations
1 Riverside Plaza, 19th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 716-1668
Fax: (614) 716-2699
E-Mail: educate@aep.com
Web: www.aep.com

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 36,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2006.

Provides free educational services to pre-K through grade 12 educators in areas served by American Electric Power’s operating units: AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas).

Internet resources at the website include The Electric Universe® for students, teachers and parents; and Learning from Light and Learning from Wind, featuring graphs of actual solar and wind power generation at participating schools and sites. Other services include live theatre presentations on electrical safety for elementary schools; classroom resources; information centers, tours and nature trails; and educator workshops.   9

American Forest Foundation––Project Learning Tree
1111 19th Street, N.W., Suite 780
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 463-2475
Fax: (202) 463-2461
E-Mail: info@plt.org
Web: www.plt.org

Project Learning Tree is sponsored nationally by the American Forest Foundation. A nonprofit educational and conservation organization developing, funding, and administering programs that encourage the long-term stewardship of our natural resources. The Foundation’s core programs are Project Learning Tree (PLT) and American Tree Farm System.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is sponsored at the State level by a variety of State natural resource and education agencies. Crafted to meet State and national standards, PLT provides all the tools educators need to bring the environment into their classrooms––and their students into the environment. PLT’s supplementary curriculum guide, Project Learning Tree: Environmental Education Pre K-8 Activity Guide (96 multidisciplinary activities), focuses on the total environment: land, air, and water. It is local, national, and global in scope. The curriculum underscores PLT’s primary goal––to increase students’ understanding of our complex environment. PLT is designed to teach students how to think, not what to think, about environmental issues. The curriculum remains easily adaptable to many settings from the classroom to youth organizations, museums, nature centers, and Scout troops. Each activity features Reading Connections, and many activities have Technology Connections and Differentiated Instruction identified.

Two of the storylines in the Project Learning Tree: Environment Education Pre K-8 Activity Guide focus on energy. The first storyline highlights the concept that energy exists in different forms and comes from renewable and non-renewable sources. The second storyline emphasizes that societies use energy in many different ways and that human use of energy has short- and long-term social, economical, environmental, and health impacts. These energy storylines are comprised of 14 activities. PLT provides secondary education teachers with a series of topic-specific modules that challenge students to explore every facet of an issue—illustrating the complexity of real-life environmental decisions. In particular, PLT’s secondary education module, Exploring Environmental Issues: Municipal Solid Waste, helps students explore causes and solutions of this universal urban environmental issue.

PLT offers the Energy & Society kit—energy education materials at the Pre K-8 level. Students learn about their relationship with energy and investigate the environmental issues related to energy’s role in society. Energy & Society helps students develop critical thinking skills to make decisions about their personal energy use. In addition to hands-on activities, Energy & Society integrates music and dance to enhance the study of energy issues. The kit includes an activity guide with background information for educators, music CD, dance video, and poster set, and is available online at http://shop.plt.org, as well as through workshops. All PLT curricular materials are available through local workshops. Contact PLT for the name of the program coordinator in your state or visit the PLT website at www.plt.org for more information on all of PLT’s programs.   10


American Solar Energy Society (ASES)
2400 Central Avenue, Suite A
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 443-3130
Fax: (303) 443-3212
E-Mail:  ases@ases.org 
Web: www.ases.org or www.solartoday.org

A national membership association dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy.

The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1954 to encourage the use of solar and renewable energy technologies to be a source of sound, broad technical knowledge and to provide a forum for addressing critical issues relating to these energy technologies. ASES publishes the magazine SOLAR TODAY; sponsors the annual National Solar Energy Conference and the Annual ASES National Solar Tour; and supports regional chapters throughout the country. ASES is the United States section of the International Solar Energy Society. ASES offers sample copies of its magazine, SOLAR TODAY. It has one science project book, Elementary and Secondary Science Projects in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, available for a fee. See www.ases.org or www.solartoday.org for more details and to download additional information.  17


The Colorado Energy Science Center (CESC)
1626 Cole Boulevard, Suite 375
Lakewood, CO 80401
(303) 216-2026, ext 101 (School Programs Office)
Fax: (303) 237-0992
E-Mail: ppacker@energyscience.org
Web: www.energyscience.org

A nonprofit organization specializing in energy education.

The Colorado Energy Science Center has developed the Energy Science in the Home Activity Guide, a set of hands-on modules that improve student proficiency in math and science while giving students the tools to identify energy efficiency opportunities in their own homes. CESC also organizes an annual contest where students compete for home energy efficiency upgrades for Colorado families.

Private sponsors donate cash, energy efficiency products and services as contest awards. The contest encourages students to articulate what they’ve learned and to become effective champions of smart energy. Formed by the three managing partners of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in 1999, CESC educates energy users to make smart investments in clean, cost-effective, sustainable energy technology.  36


EcoSoul/National Fuel Cell Education Program (NFCEP) 
18051 Irvine Boulevard
Tustin, CA  92780
(714) 368-1444
Fax:  (714) 730-8902
E-Mail: Skip@nfcep.org 
Web: www.nfcep.org

Founded in 1993, EcoSoul, Inc. is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit focusing on energy, education and the environment.  EcoSoul is host to the National Fuel Cell Education Program, promoting ways in which our future hydrogen economy can be realized through practical, hands-on educational materials.  

Our mutual programs are deeply involved in the adoption of renewable energy in our country and the implementation of effective energy technology programs through educating our youth about hydrogen systems, fuel cells, micro-turbines, wind and solar energy, ocean/tidal energy, biomass, biofuels, energy storage, transportation, energy efficiency programs and distributed power generation.  44

Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004-2696
(202) 508-5000
To order publications: (800) 334-5453
To fax an order: (301) 843-0159
Web:  www.eei.org

EEI is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, industry associates, and international affiliates worldwide.

EEI suggests that you first contact your local electric company for any educational materials. Many utilities have educational programs about energy and the environment for schools. EEI’s limited supply of educational and consumer resources are located in the Products and Services Section online at www.eei.org/products_and_services/descriptions_and_access/index.htm#Consumer-and-Educational-Resources. Publications are available for a fee.  45


Energy Education Group
664 Hilary Drive
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 435-4574
E-Mail: energyforkeeps@aol.com
Web: www.energyforkeeps.org

A nonprofit educational organization founded to increase awareness and understanding of renewable energy.

Energy for Keeps is an illustrated guide to electricity from renewable energy. A text for all, plus class activities and science standards correlations (California and national), for grades 6 through 12. Comprehensive, inter-disciplinary, inquiry-based. Information available at www.energyforkeeps.org.   50

The Environmental Education Council of Ohio
PO Box 1004
Lancaster, OH 43130
(740) 653-2649
Fax: (740) 653-6100
E-Mail: director@eeco-online.org
Web: www.eeco-online.org

The Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) is a nonprofit organization that provides cutting-edge environmental education services throughout the state to all educators. EECO has a mission to lead in facilitating environmental education that fosters global stewardship and a sustainable future for all Ohioans.

The Environmental Education Council of Ohio (EECO) is a membership based nonprofit organization that has been providing environmental education services to Ohio and surrounding states since 1967. Since that time we have grown tremendously, and currently provide direct contact throughout the state with Regional Directors in all twelve regions of the Ohio. 

EECO proudly offers cutting-edge workshops, conferences, a quarterly newsletter, green papers and other services to K-12 formal and nonformal educators. EECO is currently branching out to provide services now to adult audiences, the business community, environmental organizations, community based groups, universities, the general public, and other underserved audiences. We hope that you will join us in promoting the value of environmental education for all Ohioans.   54


FirstEnergy Corp.
Community Initiatives Department
76 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308-1890
(330) 761-4247
Fax: (330) 761-4203
E-Mail: tgilman@firstenergycorp.com
Web: www.firstenergycorp.com/education/

FirstEnergy Corp. is a registered holding company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its seven electric utility-operating companies comprise the Nation’s 4th largest investor-owned electric system, serving 4.3 million customers within 36,100 square miles of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

FirstEnergy’s energy education program provides math, science and technology grants and free supplemental resources to educators, youth group leaders, and civic organizations in the communities served by FirstEnergy and our operating companies–Ohio Edison, The Illuminating Company, Toledo Edison, Penn Power, Met-Ed, Penelec, and Jersey Central Power & Light–and where we have facilities. These resources can be ordered on our website at www.firstenergycorp.com/education/.

Check out the latest additions to our site and take a virtual tour of one of our coal generating plants. Without leaving your home, school or computer, you can take an amazing journey through a typical FirstEnergy coal-fired generating plant. Using digitized computer animation, visitors can go behind steel walls and see the inner-workings of complex machinery and systems that generate the electricity that powers your homes, schools and future workplaces. And, take a look at the Electric Avenue section of our site. This interactive site––offering a world of information on electrical safety, energy sources and efficiency––is designed to be an excellent classroom resource. Electric Avenue also features fun energy games and facts geared to all grade levels.  57

Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC)
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922
(321) 638-1000
Fax: (321) 638-1010
E-Mail: info@fsec.ucf.edu
Web: www.fsec.ucf.edu/ed/teachers and http://energywhiz.com

FSEC is a research institute of the University of Central Florida.


FSEC currently has several free downloadable curriculum units available on the website. The units include hands-on activities and PowerPoint presentations that align to science standards. The solar energy units include Solar Matters I - III for elementary and middle school students, Understanding Solar Energy for high school students, and Solar Wonders, a PowerPoint presentation on the uses of solar energy. The environmental unit, Alternative Fuel Matters is for middle school students, while the Planet Janitor video and coloring book (available on the Energy Whiz site) are for elementary students.
Several new energy units are also now available, High Energy Hydrogen includes units for upper elementary, middle and high school students, and Building Performance Matters is available for high school students. The Energy Whiz website features student projects and submissions that deal with energy as well as experiments and hands-on activities that can be performed at home. A lending library of classroom materials is available for Florida teachers.  59
Frey Scientific
80 Northwest Boulevard
Nashua, NH 03063
(800) 225-3739
Fax: (877) 256-3739
E-Mail: customercare@freyscientific.com
Web: www.freyscientific.com

A full-line supplier of educational materials, equipment and supplies for science, designed for students from kindergarten through college.

Offers a general science catalog that includes over 100 pages of products for earth science and ecology study. Product line consists of books, charts and posters, videos and video discs, software, kits, games, manipulatives, general supplies and equipment, and more. Products are available for a fee; catalog is free of charge.  61

Fuel Cells 2000
1100 H Street, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 785-4222
Fax: (202) 785-4313
E-Mail: info@fuelcells.org
Web: www.fuelcells.org

Fuel Cells 2000 is a nonprofit program to educate people around the world about the potential benefits of fuel cells, an advanced energy generation technology. Fuel cells combine hydrogen and oxygen electrochemically to produce energy. The only byproducts are water and useful heat.

Produces fuel cell information brochures and sends free information packets in response to requests from students, teachers, and the general public. Some publications include the Fuel Cells in Transportation brochure, the Fuel Cell Quarterly, the free monthly Fuel Cell Technology Update, and comprehensive charts (Fuel Cell Vehicles, Fuel Cell Buses, Fuel Cell Specialty Vehicles, Worldwide Hydrogen Fueling Stations, Worldwide Fuel Cell Installations).

The Fuel Cells 2000 website provides basic fuel cell information, as well as extensive links; FAQs, a news group; an online bibliography of books and articles; and a gallery of fuel cell product images. Fuel Cells 2000 has a Fuel Cell Career and Education Center with company job pages for professionals and educational resources, lesson plans, and experiments for teachers and students, as well as the Fuel Cell Match Maker, an online message board.  62

General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation

3550 General Atomics Court
San Diego, CA 92121-1194
(858) 455-3335
Fax: (858) 455-3379
E-Mail: pat.winter@gat.com
Web: fusioned.gat.com

A high technology research and development center.

Offers information to middle and high school teachers and students regarding current U.S. and worldwide nuclear fusion research that is aimed at understanding plasma science and fusion technology and their roles in providing an energy resource for tomorrow’s needs. Available materials include a 20-minute video (Spanish, French, or English), Fusion: Creating a Star on Earth; STARPOWER, an interactive learning adventure CD; and a teacher resource guide packed with experiments and a workbook on the electromagnetic spectrum, plasma, and radiation. Classroom posters on fusion, radiation, and the electromagnetic spectrum are also available. These items are free while supplies last. Order online at the above website.   63

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
645 N Michigan, Suite 990
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 587-8390
 www.mwalliance.org

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a collaborative network whose purpose is to advance energy efficiency in the Midwest in order to support sustainable economic development and environmental preservation.

MEEA administers the Lights for Learning Program, a school fundraiser, which currently takes place in Illinois, and may expand to other Midwest states in the near future. MEEA also offers several rebates throughout the year on ENERGY STAR qualified products. Check for updates at www.mwalliance.org.    77


National Energy Education Development––The NEED Project
8408 Kao Circle
Manassas, VA 20110
(800) 875-5029
Fax: (800) 847-1820
E-Mail: info@need.org
Web: www.need.org

A national network of students, educators, and business, government and community leaders dedicated to the design and delivery of comprehensive, non-biased kindergarten through 12th grade energy education curriculum.

By meeting local, state, and national education standards, NEED programs provide students and teachers an opportunity to learn about energy through hands-on science, math, drama, social studies, art, and music.

Student leadership initiatives encourage students to work with their peers, teachers, family, and community to design energy education programming for their region. The curriculum package is a six- to nine-week unit and is widely adopted for use in the classroom.

Memberships are available to educators for little or no cost, based on availability of sponsorship, from NEED’s partners and sponsors. Participating educators receive the NEED Energy Kit with teacher guides to a variety of activities and a full portfolio of free items to complete their units based on their grade level. The materials include Energy Infobooks on the nation’s leading energy sources; curriculum guides that help teachers plan comprehensive units to include the science of energy, energy sources, electricity, efficiency and conservation; and many evaluation/assessment and reinforcement options. 
New this year is a process technology activity completed in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Process Technology to help students understand oil and natural gas exploration, production and refining. 

An extensive selection of hands-on science kits to teach energy transformations, solar energy, energy efficiency, electricity, magnets, and hydrogen are available and often sponsored.

Workshops and conferences for teachers, students, and energy professionals are available throughout the year, and week-long summer training is offered annually. NEED’s website has resources to teach an entire NEED unit available in PDF and other formats.

The extensive curriculum, including Science Fair Projects, Transportation Fuels activities, Biodiesel and Ethanol curriculum, Hydrogen activities, energy efficiency for schools and more are available from NEED’s website, resource catalog, and at over 600 workshops each year.  NEED’s newsletter Energy Exchange and its career newsletter Career Currents are available on the website and via mail. 
For information about NEED Project programs, go to www.need.org. Also visit our Energy Information Administration partnership project, the EIA Kid’s Page, at www.eia.doe.gov/kids.   88

National Geographic Society

School Publishing
1145 17th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(800) 368-2728
Fax: (515) 362-3366
Web: www.ngschoolpub.org

A nonprofit organization.

Publishes supplemental curriculum materials for kindergarten through 12th grades on electricity, energy efficiency/energy conservation, environment, geosciences/earth sciences, recycling, and water. Materials include GeoKits (thematic, multimedia teaching kits); Windows on Literacy and Reading Expeditions nonfiction books; videos; atlases; PicturePack transparency sets; and PictureShow CD-ROMs. Free catalogs are available upon request at (800) 368-2728. Free lesson plans and resources, as well as additional information about products, are offered at www.ngschoolpub.org and www.nationalgeographic.com/education.  90

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
(518) 862-1090, ext 3303
(800) 658-5753 or (866) NYSERDA, ext 3303
Fax: (518) 862-1091
E-Mail: tat@NYSERDA.org or Trogers@NEED.org
Web: www.GetEnergySmart.org

NYSERDA’s holistic approach to energy-efficient schools invests in students, teachers, staff and school buildings and vehicles. Our goal is to create energy-aware students, teachers and facility managers, while creating an efficient, healthy and safe learning environment.


The Energy Smart Students Program provides K-12 curriculum materials in energy literacy, energy efficiency at home and school, and energy conservation. Materials are classroom-tested and aligned with New York State Learning Standards. Training workshops introduce teachers to the lesson plans and curriculum; free curriculum is available to teachers attending the workshops. A summer conference trains teachers to be Energy Educators for the program. Teachers may register for workshops and also download free material from NYSERDA’s website at www.GetEnergySmart.org. Mini-grants for teachers are available along with a free program newsletter: Energy Smarts.

School Power...Naturally provided working photovoltaic and data collection systems to 50 New York schools. Solar data collected from these 50 schools can be used in conjunction with 60 interdisciplinary lessons for students in grades 5-12. Both the solar data and the lessons are free and available to everyone at www.SchoolPowerNaturally.org.
Energy Smart Schools provides objective technical and financial assistance to eligible K-12 schools in New York. NYSERDA assists New York’s school administrators and facility managers to build and maintain school buildings that provide a safe, healthy and energy-efficient environment for learning. More information is available at www.nyserda.org/programs/school/.  99


North Carolina Solar Center
Box 7401
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
(919) 515-7085
(800) 33NC-SUN (for North Carolina only)
Fax: (919) 515-5778
E-Mail: ncsun@ncsu.edu
Web: www.ncsc.ncsu.edu

The North Carolina Solar Center serves as the state’s clearinghouse for solar energy programs, research information, education and technical assistance.

The North Carolina Solar Center is affiliated with the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. The Center seeks to advance the use of solar energy through information and education programs and services. The NCSU Solar House, which is the education headquarters for the Center, is open to the public and provides educational resources for teachers and students.  A computer displaying renewable energy CDs and other Solar Center resources is located in the Solar House demonstration and library area. Adjacent to the Solar House is the Alternative Fuels Garage, where ongoing research is being done on Photovoltaics, Hydrogen and Bio-Fuels. Our website provides a listing of our programs, workshops, special events, state and federal tax credits, fact sheets and other Solar Center resources.   102

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA)
50 Miles Street, Suite 3
Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 774-6051
Fax: (413) 774-6053
E-Mail: edu@nesea.org
Web: www.nesea.org

The nation’s leading regional education and advocacy association that aims to accelerate the deployment and use of renewable energy, green buildings, and energy efficiency. NESEA produces major events that inspire and motivate large numbers of people to get involved and make a difference. Focus is on the northeastern United States (from Washington, DC to Maine).


Offers educational programs and resources that enable teachers and students to explore the science, technology, and potential of low-polluting, environmentally friendly, and secure energy options such as renewably-produced electricity, clean transportation fuels, alternative transportation systems, and healthy, efficient buildings. Several free publications are available from the website or can be ordered for the cost of shipping and handling. These include three middle school lesson sets, Getting Around Without Gasoline, Getting Around Clean & Green, and Travel Solutions to Global Warming; a high school unit on alternative fuels, Cars of Tomorrow and the American Community; and several elementary-level resources, Choose Your Future Adventure Game, Trip Tally: Discovering Environmental Solutions, and Totally Tree-Mendous Activities.

NESEA also develops resources for other organizations. For example, a middle school science unit on transportation and global warming and lessons that use mini solar-electric panels for hands-on inquiry of scientific principals. Both can be accessed from www.nesea.org. In addition, NESEA runs educational programs for teachers and students as follows:
1.   Northeast Regional Junior Solar Sprint that invites middle school students to participate in a miniature solar car competition run by area coordinators from the mid-Atlantic, New England, and New York States;
2.  Tour de Sol: The Great American Green Transportation Festival, the clean-vehicle championship that invites high school students to build an electric or hybrid vehicle and enter the event and also invites students of all ages to take a field trip to the event and receive a guided tour of the vehicles; and
3.  training workshops, conferences, and summer institutes for teachers.  103


Ohio Energy Project (OEP)
670 Enterprise Drive, Suite A
Lewis Center, OH 43035
(614) 785-1717
Fax: (614) 785-1731
E-Mail: oep@ohioenergy.org
Web: www.ohioenergy.org

A nonprofit energy education organization whose mission is to promote an energy-educated society and to facilitate youth leadership through effective partnerships with schools, businesses, government, and communities. OEP provides the complete energy education picture through hands-on, minds-on activities for teachers and students.

With a philosophy of Kids Teaching Kids, OEP facilitates workshops for elementary and middle school students led by high school student teams. These workshops focus on current, interdisciplinary, unbiased energy information and hands-on, authentic activities. Other workshop opportunities include: teacher professional development workshops including four-day Energy Sources Tours of Ohio’s energy sites; customized energy education programs featuring the science of energy; and new activities covering fuel cells and solar and nuclear energy. 

An affiliate of the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, OEP offers a free partnership for Ohio educators. This partnership provides energy education materials, access to most workshops, and periodic updates on OEP information.   108


Railroad Commission of Texas 
P.O. Box 12967
Austin, TX 78711-2967
(512) 463-7110 (Alternative Energy materials)
Fax: (512) 463-7292 (Alternative Energy materials)
E-Mail: dan.kelly@rrc.state.tx.us
Web: www.rrc.state.tx.us

A state energy agency that regulates the oil and gas, alternative fuels, and surface mining industries in Texas. The Commission serves Texans by: its stewardship of natural resources and the environment, its concern for personal and community safety, and its support of enhanced development and economic vitality.

Provides educational materials free to Texas teachers (kindergarten through grade 10). Materials for primary grades are available on the Commission’s website (click on “Kids’ World”). These materials include interactive activities for younger children on energy and safety at home, at school, and outdoors.

The Commission’s Alternative Energy curriculum supplement for 6th through 10th grade science is available on the Commission’s website (click on “Energy Curriculum”). Free workshops for teachers using Alternative Energy are available from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office at www.seco.cpa.state.tx.us.  116

Science Service
1719 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-2255
Fax: (202) 785-1243
E-Mail: sciedu@sciserv.org 
Web: www.sciserv.org

The mission of Science Service is to advance the understanding and appreciation of science among people of all ages through publications and educational programs. In addition to our educational programs. Science Service publishes the weekly news magazine, Science News, and the online www.sciencenewsforkids.org.


Science Service administers three educational programs. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is a competition for students in grades 9 through 12. Students participate in their regional and/or state ISEF-affiliated fair. Two individual student projects and one team project of up to three students (per fair) are chosen to participate in the Intel ISEF. Participants are eligible for scholarships, scientific field trips, summer research internships, and equipment. The Intel Science Talent Search is America’s oldest and most highly regarded science contest for high school seniors. To be eligible students must submit an individually researched project to enter this science competition. From the 300 semifinalists, 40 finalists will be chosen to attend the Science Talent Institute in Washington, DC, where students exhibit their research at the National Academy of Sciences and compete for the top prize of a $100,000 four-year scholarship. Deadline for the 2006-2007 program is November 15, 2006.

The Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge is a national science competition for 5th through 8th graders. Students win a nomination at their local, regional and/or state science fair and are eligible to complete a written entry in the national competition. Four hundred semifinalists are chosen and announced in August and the finalists are announced in September. In October the finalists travel to Washington, DC, for an all-expense-paid trip to compete for over $60,000 in scholarships and trips. For more information, please visit our website at www.sciserv.org.   121


University of Washington—KidsZone
Jim Disbrow, IPT Chair
(540) 547-3140
E-Mail: jdisbrow22701@earthlink.net

Gregory J. Crowther
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Washington
Box 352125
Seattle WA 98195-2125
(206) 290-8826
E-Mail: crowther@u.washington.edu
Web: faculty.washington.edu/crowther/KidsZone/index.html

The KidsZone is a destination for both teachers of science and young people with energy, science, and technology homework.


From the perspective of energy as a “unifying concept”, the KidsZone offers information in an array of learning styles, including kid-friendly features like personas, games, quizzes, contests, knowledge trees, and a history of the greatest events and people in science. For both teachers-without-science-teacher-training and full-time science teachers, the age-graded instructional materials, index and topics are hot-linked. Knowledge strands for different levels of development (in the Knowledge Tree portion) and integrating topics (e.g., watersheds) put the various strands of science into an organized perspective.  131


U.S. Department of Energy––Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Information Center (EERE IC)
P.O. Box 43165
Olympia, WA 98504
(877) 337-3463
Fax:  (360) 236-2023
Web: www.eere.energy.gov/kids and www.eere.energy.gov/education

A DOE-funded energy information service responding to public inquiries on the use of renewable energy and energy conservation.


The EERE Information Center provides general information on DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program. Information Center Staff direct the public to resources and publications available on the website at www.eere.energy.gov, which has easily accessible energy-related consumer information and an ordering catalog for publication requests.  137

U.S. Department of Energy––Hydrogen Program
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585
(202) 586-1885
Fax: (202) 586-9811
Email: christy.cooper@ee.doe.gov
Web: www.hydrogen.energy.gov

The DOE Hydrogen Program supports the President’s Advanced Energy Initiative and seeks to advance the vision of a hydrogen economy.


The program is working with the automotive and energy industries, universities, national laboratories, international partners, and others to overcome critical technical barriers to developing commercially viable, emissions-free hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support their widespread use.

The program integrates hydrogen-related activities in the DOE Offices of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; Fossil Energy; Nuclear Energy, Science, and Technology; and Science. Available educational resources, which are most appropriate for middle school and high school students, include teacher background information, lesson plans, hands-on classroom activities, and an animation to show how fuel cells work.

The program website also includes links to other hydrogen and fuel cell educational resources, as well as information about hydrogen and fuel cell programs at colleges and universities, for high school students interested in getting involved in the development of the hydrogen economy.   138


U.S. Department of Energy––National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Office of Education Programs
1617 Cole Boulevard, MS 1713
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 275-3010
Fax: (303) 275-3076
E-Mail: Cynthia_Howell@nrel.gov
Web: www.nrel.gov/education

NREL is a Department of Energy national laboratory that develops renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies and practices; advances related science and engineering; and transfers knowledge and innovations to address the nation’s energy, security, and environmental goals.


NREL’s Office of Education Programs develops and implements science programs that engage the young minds of our future leaders, scientists, and engineers encouraging all to use and develop renewable energy resources. In addition, NREL’s undergraduate internship programs connect research to science and technology education, which inspires students to explore sustainable energy solutions to meet our future needs.

NREL supports kindergarten through 12th grade science education and undergraduate research focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy, including managing and supporting numerous local and national science programs for both students and teachers. Programs include an after school 4th grade science literacy program, middle school junior solar sprint/hydrogen fuel cell model car competition, high school science bowl, science teacher professional development, summer research programs for pre-service and practicing teachers, and assistance for students and teachers looking for information, project ideas, lessons, and reference materials on renewable energy and energy efficiency topics.  142

U.S. Department of Energy––National Renewable Energy Laboratory––Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC)
1617 Cole Boulevard, MS 1633
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 275-4000
Fax: ((303) 275-4415
E-Mail: webmaster_afdc@nrel.gov
Alternative Fuels Data Center Web: www.eere.energy.gov/afdc/
Clean Cities Web: www.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/

The Alternative Fuels Data Center, sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE), provides information about the alternative fuels and vehicles and advanced technology vehicles, as well as regulatory requirements, refueling locations, emissions, idle reduction technology, fuel economy and fuel blends.

Provides implementation and technical information on DOE’s Clean Cities Program, alternative fuel vehicles, and advanced technology vehicles. Provides information and technical assistance to both technical and casual users about a broad range of transportation topics.   143


U.S. Department of Energy––Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
Science & Engineering Education (S.E.E.)
P.O. Box 999, Mail Stop K6-63
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 375-2800
Fax: (509) 375-2576
Web: science-ed.pnl.gov/index.stm

A DOE-funded, multi-program national laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) puts science and technology to work to solve energy and environmental problems. PNNL focuses on research and development related to waste management, environmental restoration, global environmental change, energy, and national security.

Offers a variety of university and science programs that integrate research and education and support science education reform. Our education partnerships connect the human and technical resources of the Laboratory with students and teachers in elementary, middle, and high schools; technical/community colleges; and students and faculty at the university undergraduate and graduate levels. Provides opportunities for students and faculty to:

•   participate in hands-on science and technology research as it is conducted in a research laboratory;

•   participate in projects that investigate scientific and technological challenges; update technical skills and understanding, as well as renew enthusiasm for chosen scientific or engineering research; and

•   work with Laboratory scientists and engineers in an interdisciplinary team environment; and use state-of-the-art equipment not commonly found in most schools or colleges/universities.   148


U.S. Department of the Interior––Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 452-5078 (Environmental Education)
Fax:  (202) 452-5199
Web:  www.blm.gov/

An agency responsible for managing over 261 million surface acres, and 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate.  BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands. The agency manages recreation, wildlife habitat, cultural and historic sites, scenic and wilderness areas, wild horse and burros, livestock grazing, timber harvesting, and energy and mineral development.

Offers a variety of educational energy-related programs and materials. Visit the website for programs available in your area, as well as educational products and presentations.  150

U.S. Department of the Interior––Minerals Management Service (MMS) 
Office of Public Affairs
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 208-3985
Fax: (202) 208-3918
Web: www.mms.gov/mmskids/

The MMS, part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, oversees 1.76 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf, managing offshore energy and mineral resources while protecting the human, marine, and coastal environments through advanced science and technology research. The OCS provides 30 percent of oil and 23 percent of natural gas produced domestically, and sand used for coastal restoration. MMS collects, accounts for, and disburses mineral revenues from Federal and American Indian lands, with Fiscal Year 2004 disbursements of approximately $8 billion and more than $143 billion since 1982. The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which pays for cooperative conservation, grants to states, and federal land acquisition, gets nearly $1 billion a year.


Provides K-12 educational materials related to energy, minerals, and the environment on America’s offshore public lands. Materials based on MMS science and research in geosciences; physical oceanography; engineering; marine biology; deep-sea ecosystems; marine archeology; and social sciences.

Materials include Ocean Energy, a resource and experiment booklet; Watts It To You?, a role-play on consumption, conservation, and renewable and nonrenewable energy sources; science-based educational posters and teacher companions; curricula based on real scientific application; inquiry-based classroom activities to promote critical thinking; and fun coloring activity pages. Most material is free upon request and/or available from the MMS Kids Page at www.mms.gov/mmskids.   151

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Headquarters Library, 3404T
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 566-0556
Fax: (202) 566-0562
E-Mail: public-access@epamail.epa.gov
Web:  www.epa.gov

The Headquarters Library provides research assistance to EPA staff. 


A limited amount of reference assistance is provided to the public about environmental issues and EPA programs. Members of the public are encouraged to submit their requests via e-mail to public-access@epa.gov.   152


Westinghouse Electric Company
Employee Communications and Community Relations
P.O. Box 355, Mail Stop 5-20
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
(412) 374-2092
Fax: (412) 374-3244
E-Mail: kendrolm@westinghouse.com
Web: www.westinghousenuclear.com

A company dedicated to providing high-quality products, services, technology, systems and management in nuclear energy.

Provides energy-related materials to all who are interested, especially to teachers and students who will make our energy decisions in the future. Materials available are: a simulated uranium fuel pellet; Nuclear Energy Basics booklet; Electricity from Nuclear Energy booklet; Nuclear Energy Glossary; and N-Vision Brochure. One copy of each booklet is available free of charge; however, there is a minimal fee for larger quantities. For more information, please contact Westinghouse Electric Company Employee Communications and Community Relations.   157


Xcel Energy
Community Affairs
800 Nicollet Mall–29
Minneapolis, MN 55402
(651) 748-3329 Electric Safety Demonstrations
(612) 215-4621 Energy Safety Calendars
(800) 880-8463 Nuclear Energy Speakers
(303) 308-6111 Renewables and Wind Energy Speakers
(303) 671-3806 Classroom Connection
Web:  www.xcelenergy.com

Xcel Energy, Minneapolis (formerly Northern States Power Company and New Century Energy), is a major combination electricity and natural gas company in the U.S., operating in 10 states—Colorado, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.


Xcel Energy provides FREE online energy education resources for grades 3–6 at www.xcelenergy.com (search for ‘education initiatives’). Energy Classroom (www.energyclassroom.com) includes games, activities and experiments on power sources, the environment, energy conservation, careers in energy and a virtual power plant tour. Other offerings include the Energy Safety Calendar and Art Contest and the Classroom Connection program for grades K–12 (available to educators in CO, TX, KS, NM, OK).  160