Sustainable energy is the major focus of this class. Testing of various household appliances empowers students to adjust their personal energy footprint through conservation and efficiency. Students experiment with various renewable energy technologies such as photovoltaic and solar water heating. When possible, the sun is used to cook a cake. Students understand electrical power through a bicycle generator. Students understand CO2 foot printing through a large inflatable balloon used to represent equivalents of CO2 produced in various activities. Solutions are posted by students to reduce their CO2 footprints to help with reducing the impact of climate change on Earth's ecology. Taught all year. See also Climate Change and Ecology.
Upon completion of the Renewable Energy class students will be able to:
Minnesota Graduation Standards
Wolf Ridge has aligned the Center's entire curriculum to Minnesota Department of Education Academic Standards. As the primary student audience at Wolf Ridge is from 4th-12th grade, the matrices address these grade levels. Teachers may request that their students focus upon a specific benchmark while attending Wolf Ridge. The Wolf Ridge Curriculum Standards Matrix addresses benchmarks in
Wolf Ridge Curriculum Concepts
Energy Materials to Download
In addition, Wolf Ridge is a partner in the TLFAST project, a collaborative effort across all five of Minnesota's Residential Environmental Learning Centers in which we take a leadership role promoting, demonstrating, and educating about our energy choices and sustainable future. The TLFAST project was funded by the Minnesota Environmental & Natural Resources Trust Fund.
Participate in TLFAST by:
Total uphill travel