Watts That? -Join energy game show host Flip Switch and see if you can tackle the questions from six energy-related categories. Each category has five questions. Each question has a different value from $10 to $50. Just like any game show, the harder the question, the more money the question in worth. Have fun and good luck!
Your Carbon Diet -Every year, each person in the United States is responsible for releasing over 20 tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere! How is this possible? Well, driving gas guzzling cars is one way, but did you ever think about all of the different utilities that you have in your house that contribute to this problem of global warming? Click here to learn how we can reduce the problems of global warming (and save a whole lot of money too!!)
Power Up! -Your mission in this activity is to provide enough power for your city without running out of money or making too damaging an impact on our environment. BE SURE TO CLICK ON THE "?" in the upper left hand corner of the screen to learn more about how to play! What might surprise you in this activity, is that ALL power plants have a negative impact on our environment. It's just that some power plants have more of a negative impact on our environment than others. The most interesting thing that I learned from playing this activity, is that it is a difficult job as a city planner to keep spending costs in mind while still trying to do what's ultimately best for the health of our planet.
Energy Ant's Kid's Page -This site is just packed with all sorts of cool information. It's a great site to check out if you want to know more about energy.
Dr. E's Energy Lab -This site has a ton of great links to all sorts of energy-related sites for kids.
Renewable Energy Project Site -This site contains a renewable energy project kit that can be downloaded and printed from the world wide web - for free! This site explores wind energy, water energy, solar energy, biomass energy and more. Build your own working models from one of five easy-to-follow construction plans, including a wind turbine, biogas generator, solar car and more.
Energy and Chemistry
Chem4Kids -This is a good place to get started, when you want to learn more about the building blocks of matter.
Chemical Elements.com -This site features an online, interactive periodic table of the elements.
David's Whizzy Periodic Table -This site features an even cooler interactive periodic table that lets you see atomic models of the elements in 3D!
Atomic Model Construction Site -This site has lesson plans on how you can have your students build their own atomic models using simple materials that you can get at a craft store.
The Elements Song! -This is a great flash animation set to Tom Lehrer's classic song "The Elements!" I hope that you enjoy this as much as I do!