WEEK OF RESOURCEFULNESS

Show your students how they can create a more resourceful world with brand new STEM Investigations launching every day during the Week of Resourcefulness! Explore the unexpected connections at the heart of the energy-water nexus and discover how you and your students can conserve water and energy at school and at home. Check back every day to access new content! Topics include water purity, solar energy, energy conversion and more.

Kid Scientist

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

Calculating Your Ecological Footprint

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will consider and estimate their consumption of energy used in the home, transportation, food, housing, and for goods and services, while estimating the amount of waste they generate. The goal is to identify ways they can reduce the impact that they have on Earth.

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Combustion Energy Conversion

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

This activity demonstrates the conversion of energy into usable forms through a demonstration showing the conversion of potential chemical energy to heat energy. Students will discussion how to improve this process to create electrical energy.

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Solar Powered Homes

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will study how solar electricity can be generated, stored, and utilized in homes. Students will be given a small solar panel to test and improve.

Coming Oct 17!

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Water Purity

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

This activity demonstrates methods of testing the purity of water and applying their knowledge of filtration and impurity detection to better assess how cities might improve regulating and cleaning their water.

Download Available Oct 17

Coming Oct 18!

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

Creating a Water Conscious Meal

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will understand how their food choices affect water availability on Earth by discovering how much water was needed to produce certain foods. Then they will create a menu designed to incorporate food that decreases water consumption.

Download Available Oct 18

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Create a Global Energy Infographic

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will use the Global Energy Statistical Yearbook 2018 to view data about energy use around the world. They will be able to look at various types of energy use, such as oil, gas, and renewable energy, by country and compare and contrast how different countries consume energy.

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Harvesting Energy in Your School

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will discover how high school science students used technology and innovation to harvest energy at their school from an act as simple as walking down the hallway. Students will be asked to think about their own school and identify ways that various types of energy, such as kinetic or heat energy, may be lost every day.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

How Much Water Does it Take?

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will be introduced to the idea that it takes water to make many of the products that we buy and use or consume every day. Often the amount of water and the way that it is used is unexpected and hidden from the consumer.

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Improving Water Efficiency

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will view a demonstration of a water turbine in action that is made with an empty soda bottle, dowel rod, and simple straight plastic fins. When the demonstration is complete, students will be asked to think about how they could design a water wheel that can spin faster to create more energy using common materials.

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School Energy Use Mapping

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

In this activity, students will work together to create an energy audit of their school. They will then brainstorm ways that energy could be saved or used more efficiently in each area and overall by the school.

Family Activity

WEEK OF RESOURCEFULNESS

Energy Audit

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

Families will identify the top 3 devices that consume the most electrical energy and develop a plan to reduce the amount of energy used in the house.

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Family Activity

WEEK OF RESOURCEFULNESS

“Smarter” Home Blueprints

Grades 6 – 9

45-60 minutes

Family members will work together to create a blueprint of their living space that highlights ways that they can save energy and water.

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