Alternative Energy Resources for Kids

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Alternative Energy Resources for Kids
Kids will learn that solar panels transform sunlight into stored energy. (Solar Panel image by kuhar from Fotolia.com)

Sources of alternative energy come from renewable processes, including sunlight, wind and hydropower. A lesson in renewable energy -- largely based on cause and effect -- feeds an inquisitive child's mind. It also gives children another way to think of the world and how we power it. Websites on alternative energy for kids typically present information in engaging formats -- from interactive games to colouring pages.

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Kids Saving Energy Project

The U.S. Department of Energy teamed up with Disney to present the Kids Saving Energy website, with the slogan, "Games, tips and facts for kids who want to save energy." The home page offers four distinct tabs, with the first dedicated to learning how to save energy with Tinker Bell. The second tab presents ideas on how to conserve energy in your home, while the third encourages kids to play educational games. The final tab offers a vibrant and informative presentation on alternative energy.

Energy Kids

On the Energy Kids website, sponsored by the U.S Energy Information Administration, a grasshopper acts as a kids' guide to alternative energy. It highlights the history of energy, featuring tips on how kids can conserve energy and a quiz to determine their "Energy IQ." For educators, the site hosts a database of alternative energy resources and lesson plans.

Alternative Energy Resources for Kids
One wind turbine can supply enough energy to power 500 to 600 average-size homes. (windkraft image by mediarts.ch from Fotolia.com)

Wisconsin Renewable Energy Education Fund

The Wisconsin Renewable Energy Education Fund offers an educators' guide to how kids can apply their newfound knowledge of alternative energy to science projects and research papers. It provides detailed photos of large wind systems, along with links to related topics, such as fact sheets on America's alternative energy usage and case studies on the benefits.

Energy and the Environment

Manchester University in London operates an English-language, virtual children's university -- Energy and the Environment -- where kids can explore and expand their knowledge of alternative energy. Interactive lessons cover the definition of "energy" and how it's made, as well as a beginner's guide to global warming. The website also offers a printable poster with vivid illustrations of renewable vs. non-renewable energy sources.

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