Back in the Classroom
Discuss the ExhibitionUse these conversation starters to build on what your students learned at the Museum:
Classroom ActivitiesEnergy Conservation: Have students list ways in which they can save energy and lower CO2 emissions. For ideas, visit Be an Energy Saver. As an extension, have students brainstorm ways to encourage their schoolmates, friends, and families to join the effort. How could students promote the program (e.g., a campaign with flyers, posters, school assembly presentations, and/or letters to local politicians or businesspeople)?
Energy Conservation in School: Ask students to survey how their school uses energy.
Brainstorm energy-saving strategies (e.g., switching to Energy Star products, keeping thermostat settings lower in the winter and higher in the summer, car pooling). Encourage them to present the report to your principal.
Imagining Solutions: Review with students the various energy solutions from the exhibition. Point out that the demand for energy will continue to rise, and that we need to produce more "clean" energy to meet the need and to lower CO2 emissions. Have student teams brainstorm innovations—from ideas to inventions, and individual actions to nationwide initiatives—that could address this energy dilemma.