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Energy Action Month

 

The month of October holds a collection of energy awareness observations around the country.

This year, Energy Efficiency Day is observed on October 2, the Center for Energy Workforce Development will dedicate October 14-18 to Careers in Energy Week, and the Department of Energy marks the entire month as Energy Awareness Month.

Collectively, the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) observes October as Energy Action Month and invites you, your family, classroom, and community to take action toward greater energy awareness and efficiency by participating in the opportunities below.

Make an Energy Action Pledge

Show us how you will take action to reduce consumption of natural resources, and save energy and money, in your daily life!

  1. Complete the pledge form.
  2. Display your pledge certificate for others to see.
  3. Challenge your family, classroom, office or organization to take the pledge.

Take the Lights Off Challenge

K-12 educators, integrate energy efficiency into your classrooms and programming with the Lights Off Challenge.

  1. Request a mailed Energy Action Packet, or download and print your own.
  2. Challenge your students to monitor light switches daily.
  3. Celebrate your success publicly. 

Go on an Energy Scavenger Hunt

Explore your community through an electronic Energy Scavenger Hunt for students, families or community members.
 

Play Cool Choices

Schools participating in the Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin can encourage staff and/or students to engage in sustainable behaviors in a fun, easy, and social way by playing Cool Choices, an online game which supports your Green & Healthy School efforts.

Sign-up to play the Making Cool Choices in Green & Healthy Schools game. Fall game dates are September 16 – November 8 and October 14 – December 13.

Explore Careers in Energy

Careers in Energy Week will take place October 14-18, 2019. The week is focused on raising awareness about energy careers available in Wisconsin. The Get Into Energy website has career profiles, videos, and skills tests related to energy careers. This PowerPoint presentation and these interviews with energy professionals in Wisconsin can be used to start a discussion and help students begin exploring careers in energy.

Don't forget to share all your energy saving stories with us on social media!

#KEEPledge  #UWSPledge

#EnergyAwarenessMonth  #CareersinEnergyWeek  #GetIntoEnergyWI

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Check-out Hands-on Resources

     Sun Oven

A great deal can be learned by studying how the sun’s energy can be collected and stored for useful purposes. Sun ovens help students learn about the concepts of insulation, reflection, absorption, conduction and convection as they experiment with alternative energy uses by harnessing the power of the sun.


Watts Up? Meters

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.



Hand-crank Generator

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

Pedal Power

The Pedal Power is a tool you can use in your classroom to teach about energy production, use, and conservation. Students ride a stationary bike to power a generator, which in turn powers an incandescent light bulb, a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), a light emitting diode (LED), a hair dryer, a blender, a fan, and more.

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Energy Audit Kit

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.


Take-home Energy Audit Kit

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.




Careers in Energy Week - October 14-18, 2019

Careers in Energy Week will take place October 14-18, 2019. The week is focused on raising awareness about energy careers available in Wisconsin. View Governor's Proclamation

As an educator, you play a critical role in introducing students to possible career paths. We offer resources to make that easier for you. The Get Into Energy website has career profiles, videos, and skills tests related to energy careers. This PowerPoint presentation can be used to start a discussion and help students begin exploring careers in energy.

Our vision is to ensure that Wisconsin's energy industry is adequately staffed with a qualified and diverse workforce of engineering, craft, and technical workers to provide safe and reliable energy. Thank you for supporting this effort by introducing energy careers to students.
    

​2016 Careers in Energy Week Events

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