Energy kits on solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, hydropower and electricity are the foundation for the inquiry-based curriculum being designed by our team. The curriculum is designed with great flexibility to help students become scientists as they explore concepts related to sources, transfer, and transformation of energy. Each unit is focused around three main big ideas: (1) Distinguishing between renewable and non-renewable energy sources; (2) Identifying different energy transformations that occur between different systems; (3) Recognizing and describing that energy is not lost but conserved as it is transferred and transformed.
The goal of the curriculum is for students to tackle real world questions related to maximizing energy from renewable sources. The Energy Kit program was originally funded by the Toshiba America Foundation and is now being maintained by PARC. To see a description of the learning activities supported by each lesson and download instructional materials, please click on the link for each topic (Biomass, Electrical, Energy and the Environment, Solar, Wind, or Other).
To request a kit for use in your classroom, please complete a Kit Request Form.