Energy Department Programs Empowering Teachers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), an Earth Science Week partner, provides learning opportunities for teachers and students at all levels. For example, DOE’s Energy Education & Workforce Development web site offers hundreds of K-12 lesson plans.

For standards-based activities covering topics from energy basics to biofuels, hydropower, and wind energy, check out DOE lesson plans (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/lessonplans/). The annual National Science Bowl (http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/) tests middle and high school students’ science knowledge.

With laboratories across the country, DOE scientists and instruments offer valuable resources for geoscience education. DOE programs for educators include the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship, in which teachers work for a year in a congressional office or federal agency to improve science education. See more on DOE programs for teachers (http://science.energy.gov/wdts/).