Florida Office of Energy Offering Energy Kits for K-12 Public Schools

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Energy is now offering Energy Educational kits for K-12 public schools. These include: 1) the Energy Curricula and Learning kits, designed to complement the Solar Matters and Understanding Solar Energy activity units; and 2) the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) Solar Car kits, for students to use to construct a JSS car.

The Energy Curricula and Learning kits are designed to complement the Solar Matters (Grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8) and Understanding Solar Energy (9-12) activity units developed by the Florida Solar Energy Center. Each kit targets a specific grade range and includes enough materials for students to work in lab groups. Kits contain a variety of materials such as pre-wired encapsulated mini-photovoltaic panels, motors, propellers, milliamp meters, multi-testers, color filters, magnifying glasses, protractors, thermometers, UV detecting beads, videos, energy ball and various printed resources. The curricula units are aligned with the current science standards which focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). There are a total of 134 Energy Curricula and Learning kits available. Kits are limited to one (1) per school or three (3) per K-12 school (1 elementary, 1 middle school, and 1 high school level).

Also, available are the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) Solar Car kits. These kits include wheels, gears, one motor, and a small solar panel for student to use to construct a JSS car. Once completed the cars can be used to race against other classmates or compete in your local EnergyWhiz events.

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Date Posted: 7/15/2015