K-12 Education

FSEC K-12 Education coordinator, Susan Scheith, evaluates three female students while they perform a hands-on activity with a hand-sized PV panel and fan motor with full-scale PV system in background behind a fence, photo.FSEC dedicates substantial effort to the development of K-12 educational resources for the teachers of our children. We do this out of the simple belief that clean and efficient energy resources are key to our future generations’ ability to achieve a safe and sustainable environment.

In order educate teachers and students about renewable energy technologies, FSEC has developed several environment and energy curricula for use by teachers. The curricula units list and adhere to Florida’s Sunshine State Education Standards. Also, a number of science-related education events are held each year. These events encourage students to use their knowledge and creativity to solve energy problems. Learn more about FSEC’s K-12 educational offerings listed below.

Teacher with studentsCurricula

FSEC has produced a number of curriculum units that focus on a wide variety of topics including conservation, alternative energy technologies, and understanding of the natural systems around us. Explore this section to view our curriculum units.

Teacher development workshop pictureProfessional Development

Opportunities for teachers to explore renewable energy and environmental topics through hands-on learning. Offerings range from one-day workshops to intensive two-week institutes.

Large crowds of people at the EnergyWhiz event, photoEnergyWhiz

EnergyWhiz is all about clean energy and creative kids. Each year in May, hundreds of students converge at Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC Energy Research Center) in Cocoa, Florida to participate in renewable energy events.

Middle School Science BowlSchool children discussing their answer at the Middle School Science Bowl

The National Science Bowl for Middle School is an activity of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which encourages middle school students to excel in mathematics, science and engineering. Each year, the Office of Science selects sites for regional competitions throughout the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science provides questions and answers for all regional bowls.

The Space Coast Science Education Alliance (SCSEA) Middle School Science Bowl is one of 50 regional middle school science bowl competitions held throughout the U.S. The winning team from each regional event then competes in the National Science Bowl, which is held in Washington, D.C.
For more information: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/

ResourcesStudents participate in an educational activity.

FSEC makes a variety of lab equipment and materials available for loan, which allows teachers and students access to renewable energy technologies.