Energy Explorers

Interactive learning with impact

Energy Explorers is a hands-on education program that teaches kids how energy is created, its effects on the environment and the importance of conservation. Students get a taste for environmental stewardship and leave the program motivated to make changes to their daily habits. The program is geared toward students in 4th – 9th grades, but can be customized for all ages.

Thanks to our partnership with Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools, PEA provides the program in 7th grade classrooms across the county. 

Energy Explorers is provided free of charge to non-profit groups, schools and libraries, thanks to the generous support of The Winston-Salem Foundation, Wells Fargo, and Duke Energy.

Interested in bringing Energy Explorers to your classroom or group?

Contact Us Today

Engaging with Students across Forsyth County

In 2018 Energy Explorers impacted: 

  • 2,500+ students across 20+ schools and camps 
  • 100% of students participating demonstrated increased knowledge about energy consumption and conservation
  • 100% of teachers participating said they would recommend the program to other teachers and classrooms.

     

 

Feedback from Teachers

"My students talked about how they went home and made adjustments in their "energy consumption" lifestyle. They learned a great deal in the one-class period program. We really enjoyed it!"
Lori Yarbrough, Flat Rock Middle School
 
"Innovative presentation that involved students' input and kept them actively engaged mentally and physically. I was thoroughly impressed and kids are talking about what they have done at home to conserve energy at home."
Matthew Poston, Walkertown Middle School
 
"Our students learned a lot and had so much fun with the activities."
Joan Deeley, Philo-Hill Magnet Academy

Curriculum Overview

What makes the lights go on?
  • Where does our energy come from?
  • What is a power plant?
  • How do generators work?
Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy
  • What are other ways to create energy, besides coal?

  • What are the differences between renewable and nonrenewable energy resources?

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

Pedal Power display
  • Student volunteers become the “Power Plant” and create electricity on our human-powered energy bike. Students demonstrate the energy required to power incandescent, CFL and LED light bulbs. We discuss energy efficiency and conservation, and calculate the cost savings of more efficient bulbs.
  • Students test their ability to create enough energy to power the lights, a fan, radio and hair dryer, demonstrating the concept of brown-outs and black-outs.
Energy Vampires and Kilowatt Meters
  • Which household items use energy even when they are not in use? How much energy can we save by unplugging or powering down these items?
  • Students use kilowatt meters to test their assumptions about energy usage. Which items require more energy? Using the current kilowatt-hour rate, we can calculate the potential cost savings by conserving and being more energy efficient.