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Build a Pizza Box Solar Oven


The sun is hot enough to bake food. Here's how to make a simple solar oven that gets hot enough to warm up cookies and other treats, like s'mores. It won't get really hot, though, so you can't bake things in it and you won't burn yourself when playing with it. Be sure to have an adult help you with this!
Click here to see the experiment.

Image Credit: U.S. Department of Energy

How to use energy


There are many ways you use energy. Here is a cool zine on how to use energy by Nim Lee.

Zines recommended by Small Science Collective.
Visit the Fun Zone

Are you in the mood for some fun games!


Crossword Puzzles - Ready to get cross eyed? Try one of these energy crossword puzzles!

Energy Scavenger Hunt - Search for secrets and treasures that can be found within the energy we use every day!

Image Credit: minxlabs,
Creative Commons.
Watts That! - The energy based online game show. With host Flip Switch!

Lolly vs the Energy Monkeys: Visit Lolly's Kitchen, Living Room and Bedroom and stop the Energy Monkeys from wasting all the energy by clicking on the energy wasting objects.

The Great Green Web Game - This game tests your knowledge of how some of your energy choices affect the environment

Energy Memory - How great is your memory? Energize your brain by playing this game!

Jigsaw Puzzles

In a challenging mood? Try these Energy Resource jigsaw puzzles! Ready, set, solve!

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Image Credit: pierre pouliquin,
Creative Commons.

Have the Energy to Color?

Here are a few free coloring books from Energy Quest to download.

EERE's Rufus is here and needs your help coloring him and his dog house.

If you don't want to download and print, Click here to access Next Era Energy's online coloring book.

Grab your crayons and go!

Haiku Contest

FWEE is proud to present the International Hydropower Haiku Writing Contest for Kids and Adults

The purpose of the FWEE Haiku contest is to share thoughts about hydropower in our lives. How does this renewable resource work? What does it mean in your life or nation's future? How does hydropower affect environmental, economic or cultural needs?

Image Credit: FWEE.
Here are a couple of examples:
The river runs through
Electrons buzz across wires
Power to people

River of power
Flowing forever it seems
Use water wisely

Click here to find out more about this contest.

Image Credit: Wallyg, Creative Commons.

Riddle Me This!

Tease your brain with these riddles:

Q: Why did the foolish gardener plant a light bulb?
A: Answer

Q: How did Benjamin Franklin feel when he discovered electricity?
A: Answer

Q: In which part of the jail are energy criminals kept?
A: Answer

Click here to read more riddles!

The following organizations contributed content to this theme:

National Energy Education Development Science Comedian Flat Stanley Project

RAFT Scientific Peer Advisory and Review Services (AIBS SPARS) Energy Biosciences Institute Essential Energy Education
Energy Quest Think Energy Environmental Protection Agency Los Alamos National Laboratory
Science Friday National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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