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December 24, 2013
The Energy Department's Los Alamos National Lab is tracking Santa Claus as he circles the globe the night before Christmas.
Tracking Santa With Our Eyes in the Sky

The Energy Department's Los Alamos National Lab is tracking Santa Claus as he circles the globe the night before Christmas.

December 24, 2013
Sixth graders compare emissions from a candle—invisible until they hold a mirror close to the flame and watch carbon blacken its surface. The same mirror grows steamy but clear when held up to the water vapor piping out of the tea kettle. Sharon Cosgrove, of the Energy Department’s Geothermal Technologies Office, talks with the students about energy options: burning hydrocarbons to boil water and generate steam or letting the Earth heat water naturally with geothermal energy.  | Photo courtesy of Old Mill Middle School North
Hands-On Lessons in Clean Energy

Members of the Energy Department’s Education & Workforce Development team recently visited a middle school in Maryland to teach students about renewable energy and sustainability.

December 18, 2013
In celebration of Earth Day in April, elementary school students at Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean, Virginia, learned about energy literacy by riding the Energy Department’s energy bike. The bike enabled students to pedal for power and experience the difference in physical effort necessary to power incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED lighting.  This lesson highlighted  Energy Principle 4, which states that various sources of energy can be used to power human activities, and often this energy must be transferred from source to destination. <a href="">Check out</a> for more Energy Literacy lessons and activities.  | <em>Photo courtesy of Churchill Road Elementary School </em>
Photo Gallery: Energy Literacy in 2013

In 2013, the Energy Education & Workforce Development team worked with schools, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations to inspire students to understand energy's role in their lives and the world. View a photo gallery of some of the highlights from the past year and read about what's ahead in 2014.

December 11, 2013
During National Energy Action Month, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts visited the Energy Department in Washington, D.C., to learn about energy and earn merit badges and patches. In this photo, a Boy Scout watches light shine on a solar panel that’s powering a hydrogen fuel cell system, showing how photovoltaic panels work and energy systems can be integrated. Check out <a href="/node/763371" target=_blank">more photos from the scouts’ Energy Action Month workshops</a>. | Photo by Matty Greene, Energy Department.
Photo of the Week: Scouting for Valuable Lessons in Energy

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

December 9, 2013
Energy 101 Webinar

Support the creation of an Energy 101 course framework for an multidisciplinary higher education undergraduate course for teaching the fundamentals of energy using a systems-based approach that can be individualized by the nations universities and community colleges to create their own ‘Energy 101’.

December 9, 2013
Energy 101 Undergraduate Course Framework: Infosheet

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) peer reviewed Energy 101 Course Framework is for use by energy experts and educators at universities and community colleges to create introductory, multidisciplinary fundamentals of energy type courses.

November 25, 2013
Electricity pioneer Charles Proteus Steinmetz (center in light-colored suit) poses with Albert Einstein (immediate left) and other inventors at the RCA Brunswick, New Jersey, wireless station in 1921. | Photo courtesy of Franklin Township Public Library Archive.
Beyond Tesla and Edison: Other Luminaries from the Age of Electricity

From electric chairs to machine guns to Gila monsters, learn more about the great minds and eccentric characters who were contemporaries of Edison and Tesla in the early days of electricity.

November 22, 2013
Edison vs. Tesla
November 22, 2013
Edison vs. Tesla: Toasting a Rivalry That Drove Innovation

Test your knowledge of energy inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla with our downloadable "Who Said It?" quote quiz cards.