Teachers, you are a national treasure, but you’re pressed for time and you’re always being asked to do more with less. That’s where we come in.
What can we do for you?
Listed below are a few of the no-cost services we offer through our Kansas Energy Program.
Presentations and workshops
We love talking to students about energy. If you’re looking for diversity in instructors, give us a yell. We’ll bring our interactive equipment, tailor the presentation to your needs, and hang out with your students for the day. Our presentations aren’t just about energy – we can include cross-cutting topics, such as math, economics, and environmental health, enabling you to meet more of the Next Generation science standards. Here's a couple examples of our demonstrations or topics of discussion:
Portable, energy-themed breakout rooms
Have you ever participated in a breakout room or escape room where you had to solve clues and try to "escape" in one hour? Do you think your kids would like this kind of activity? We have developed an energy-efficiency-themed, portable breakout room available to Kansas teachers and organizations at no cost. Make sure to watch the intro video(s) below for more information about this great resource! Additional energy-themed breakout rooms are in the works!
Puzzles and games
The Kansas Energy Program is continually developing energy-focused puzzles and games. Visit our Games and Puzzles page to see what’s new.
We have more than 580 publications (books, periodicals, and pamphlets) that are available to loan. In addition, we have energy-related equipment that you can use for interactive projects in the classroom that reinforce principles in the Next Generation science standards. The entire inventory can be found here or take a look at a list of our favorite resources for teachers.
We’re not teachers (at least in the conventional sense), but we can assist you in finding already-established curricula through the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) or National Energy Education Development (NEED) program. We understand you have educational standards to meet and limited resources – let us partner with you to teach energy with a Kansas emphasis. More information can be found on our energy curricula resources page.
Wind for Schools and KidWind Challenge
The Kansas Energy Program currently runs the Kansas State University Wind Application Center and the Wind for Schools (WfS) program. An exciting part of WfS is the annual KidWind Challenge at Kansas State University. To have your students participate or for more information, check out our Wind page (coming soon).