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Great for Earth Day or as an end of the year project!In this problem-based learning activity, students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of renewable energy sources by designing their own EcoHouse. Students are provided with an invitation to become citizens of Energize City, which requires that they design a home with some requirements related to energy efficiency and alternative energy.

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Kids ages 8-12 will love these 22 exciting activities and experiments focused on producing and playing with renewable energy. Projects range from the quick and simple — like the Pie Plate Wind-Maker — to the thrillingly large-scale, like Pedal Power, in which kids use a bicycle to power a 12-volt battery. Each activity teaches children about renewable energy and larger environmental issues. Education doesn’t get more fun than this! Softback, 224 pp., ages 8-12.

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Picture Book Science Lessons: Energy Island (wind energy, renewable energy, and alternative energy)

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