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.
Here is a great science craft to teach kids about alternative energy: a solar oven! Harnessing the power of the sun is cool and teaches us about caring for our environment and using renewable resources. Best of all, kids can make a snack they love, nachos, using the solar oven they made using this DIY. The directions are remarkably easy and you might already own all of the materials needed. It's a wonderful summer activity to do with your own kids, or in a community or classroom setting.
This is a short animated video, explaining the renewable and nonrenewable resources and their purposes. The teacher could show this to the class after the lesson, in order to reinforce ideas and concepts as well as give a visual aid to the students.