Grades: Middle & high school
Subjects: Science, math and finance
Objective: The Colorado State University extension office has developed a curriculum for middle and high school students that aims to connect students with Colorado state renewable energy initiatives as well as prospective job opportunities. The curriculum includes an overview of energy basics including conservation, details on how to conduct an energy audit, a breakdown of renewable energy sources and an overview of Colorado initiatives. The objective of this curriculum is to meet state science standards while engaging students in hands-on, project based learning activities.
Overview: Colorado is one of the top states in the nation for solar energy. On the regulatory side, Colorado has enacted a statewide renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requiring that 30 percent of the electricity sales by investor-owned utilities come from renewable sources by 2020. This curriculum provides recent data of renewable energy initiatives to educate students on the environment around them and prospective job opportunities. See energytrends.org for more information on the state’s ranking. The 300 page curriculum can be integrated into secondary school science and math lessons. Access the curriculum here.