Hands-on Resources Lending Program

KEEP's Hands-on Resources are available to loan to Wisconsin educators free of charge through the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) Resource Library at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point (UWSP).

Items can be checked out for a period of up to four (4) weeks unless otherwise noted. If you would like to check out any of KEEP's Hands-on Resources, please contact the Resource Library's Trunks & Kits page​ or contact the WCEE at wcee@uwsp.edu or 715.346.4854.

The large hands-on resources can be picked up/dropped off at the WCEE Resource Library at UWSP (SSC 201) by appointment only. Others may be shipped.

The Energy Audit Kit includes easy-to-use tools to perform simple energy assessments and behavior investigations in the classroom. Monitor plug load, moisture, light, and temperature levels to find energy loss in any building. Aids in integrating technology into math and science curriculum.
 

IMG_0287.JPGEnergy Audit Kit includes:

  • 5 watt meters
  • 5 Infrared thermometers
  • 5 light meters
  • 5 digital indoor thermo-hygrometers
  • 5 flicker checkers
  • 1 handheld thermal imaging camera
  • 1 thermal imaging camera for smart phone or tablet*
  • 1 battery charger for thermal imaging camera attachment
  • 1 heavy duty carrying case
  • 1 set of related curriculum activities

* Must download the FLIR ONE app for apple or android to turn your phone or tablet into a thermal camera. Check to see if your device is compatible witht the FLIR ONE Gen 3.

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Milwaukee educators! Contact our host site at We Energies for a kit near you.

We Energies (Milwaukee)
Tim Craft
414-221-4951
tim.craft@wecenergygroup.com





 

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Have students go beyond the classroom to explore the energy they use daily - at home. This kit includes the tools and information needed to explore various uses of energy in the home; including how many appliances pull phantom loads or whether your refrigerator temperature is at its most efficient setting.


Take-home Energy Audit Kit includes: Up to 100 student take-home vinyl bags each with a watt meter, digital thermometer, investigation booklet, and activity worksheets.

Take-home Energy Audit Kit Content Checklist.pdf

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Download Kit curriculum and worksheets

Looking for ways to expand energy efficiency education in your classroom? Check out our School-to-Home Menu to explore how in-class fieldtrips and visits amplify your energy lessons.


Energy Trunk

The KEEP Energy Education Trunks are full of educational resources available for Wisconsin educators to borrow. The Trunks were developed with the middle school student in mind, specifically grades 5-7. They contain materials for FIVE popular KEEP activities (Station Break, Circuit Circus, The Cost of Using Energy, At Watt Rate, and Diminishing Returns) as well as energy education videos and hands-on resources. Click here to learn more about the contents of the trunk and where you can get one.

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The hand-crank generator is a great tool to learn the difference between an incandescent light bulb and a light emitting diode bulb (LED). Use your cranking power to discover how much energy it takes to light up the different light bulbs. As you crank, a generator transforms your muscle power into electrical energy.

 
Hand-crank Generator
 
 

Hand-crank generator purchased from:

Creative Design Associates
Austin H. Munson IDSA
President
Product Development
Industrial Design
5227
Cty Hwy M
Waunakee, WI
53597-9139
Phone: 608.831.4269
Fax 608.831.8832

With both the hand crank and the Pedal Power unit below, students might ask why is it harder to turn the crank (or pedal the bike) to light the incandescent light bulb than the LED. A simplified answer is provided below in the Pedal Power section below (talk to a physics teacher for a more scientific answer).

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The Pedal Power is a tool that you can use in your classroom to teach about energy production, use, and conservation. Students can actually ride a stationary bike to power a generator, which in turn powers incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), light emitting diodes (LEDs), a TV, a hair dryer, a radio, a fan, and more. There is also a photovoltaic (PV) panel that can be used instead of a generator. 

This activity will teach students how much energy it takes to power these common electrical conveniences we use everyday and how important it is to turn them off when not in use (or not use them at all).

 

To learn more about the Pedal Power, click here.

Why is it harder to turn the crank, or pedal the bike to light an incandescent bulb than a CFL or LED bulb?

 

The crank is harder to turn (and the bike harder to pedal) because there is more resistance with the incandescent bulb. A traditional incandescent light bulb is lit by heating up a tiny filament. This is done by forcing the current (the electrons) through tinier and tinier wires until essentially a traffic jam is created which causes friction and thus heat. The crank feels the resistance to this “push” of the current. CFL tubes are coated with fluorescent materials (called phosphors) that emit light when they are electrically stimulated. The chemical reaction requires less energy and there is less friction (less resistance in the electrical wire) and the crank is easier to turn.

 

Another way of looking at this is to think of it in terms of load-matching. The load in must equal the load out. In other words, the energy produced by the generator (load in) will always try to match the energy requirements of the appliances that are turned on (load out). What happens in the generator itself is that the strength of the magnetic field increases as the current flow increases. This makes it more difficult to turn the generator shaft.

This item cannot be shipped. You must pick it up and drop it off.



 



The Global Sun Oven is a great tool that cooks delicious treats while students learn about the potential of sun power. Use the Sun Oven to spark a discussion on the possibilities and benefits of using renewable energy, like solar thermal energy. The oven comes with two cooking pans.

This item cannot be shipped. You must pick it up and drop it off.




 

Watt Meters are a tool that can be used to measure the electric usage of appliances. By plugging an appliance into the meter and then into a socket, you can measure the actual electric use of a particular appliance. You can also try contacting your local library to see if they have a watt meter to check out.

This kit includes:

  • 10 watt meters
  • 1 activity binder
  • 1 energy information booklet

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Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE) Resource Library
WCEE Energy Bibliography - This bibliography contains a list of selected resources on the general topic of Energy. All materials are available for loan at the WCEE Resources Library.

Public Libraries Service MGE Customers
Below is a list of energy related publications that can be checked out from Public Libraries serving MGE Customers.​​​

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