Feedback Needed on Green Schools Energy Curriculum

Does the context of green schools offer unique opportunities for learning about energy and sustainability?

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, researchers at AAAS Project 2061 have been exploring opportunities to engage middle school students in learning about energy and sustainability in the context of green school buildings. As part of that effort, they have developed an outline for a new course that includes five units, each one focused on some aspect of energy and its use. Activities in the course ask students to draw on energy usage data from their own schools as they learn about and apply energy ideas. In the final unit, students consider how to redesign their school building to increase its energy efficiency and reduce its negative environmental impact.

Project 2061 is now seeking input from science educators on their interest in a Green Schools Energy Curriculum and gathering feedback on the new course outline. As an incentive, participants in the review will become eligible for a drawing to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards.

To participate in the review:

1. Download the Green Schools Energy Curriculum outline. Then read and comment on the outline. Directions are provided for placing comments in the document and then submitting the reviewed document to Project 2061.

2. Access the Green Schools Feedback Form and respond to a brief survey about the curriculum and its potential use in schools.  Be sure to scroll to the end of the form and click on the Submit button on p. 3.

Note: Adobe Acrobat (version 6.0 or later) or Adobe Reader (version 7.0 or later; download the latest version for free here) is required to review the outline and complete the survey.

Please submit reviews by July 7, 2014.

For questions or more information, please contact Mary Koppal at 202 326 6643 or mkoppal@aaas.org.