Green Science in the News


Educational Innovations Newsletter - In the NewsHardly a day goes by without some important announcement from the global scientific community regarding green science.  It may be related to climate change, water pollution, greenhouse gasses…  A common theme is that the inhabitants of Earth must get serious about finding and utilizing new energy sources before it’s too late.

Looking at current events is a great way to help your students recognize how crucial science is in their daily lives, now and in the future.  We’ve compiled a selection of newsworthy articles that you can use in class to prompt discussions about biofuels as well as energy from the wind, sun and water.

Enjoy!  If you find an article you’d like us to share, please let us know in the comments below.

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EI TV – Green Science!


Educational Innovations Newsletter - EI TVRev Up Your Students with Green Science Videos!

We think green science topics like renewable sources of energy are much easier to understand when students can watch a video.  Animations are especially useful to explain concepts like geothermal energy or—for that matter—biofuels made from…ummm… excrement.

If you come across a video you’d like us to add here, please leave us a comment below!

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You Said It! Green Science Product Reviews


Educational Innovations Newsletter - You Said ItAt  Educational Innovations, we love green science all year long, not just on Earth Day!

With our planet’s fossil fuel resources becoming scarce and increasing global concerns over pollution, it’s more important than ever to explore alternative, renewable sources of energy.  One of the best ways to persuade people to “go green” is to make them realize how cool it is to rely on our sun, wind or water for energy.  That’s why we strive to choose green energy products that are educational… AND fun!  Read on for “organic” reviews from our customers.

If you have a favorite Educational Innovations product, send us a comment below!  We’d love to share your review with your fellow teachers and science lovers.

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Green Science Lesson


Lesson Ideas | Educational Innovations, Inc.Hands-on lessons make learning more interesting and engaging.  We found a delightful green science lesson that enables kids to look at green energy in a new way.  Not only can your students quantify the work that wind can do… they’ll design their own windmills using paper, string, some clips and a cup.

And who doesn’t love a windmill?

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Should We Build a Dam?


Brandon DeBritzby Brandon DeBritz

A Junior High STEM Exploration into Hydroelectric Energy with the use of the PowerWheel

When we talk about electricity and where it comes from in the Pacific Northwest, hydroelectric energy production is a key source and natural opportunity for teaching.  Part of the curriculum used in the South Kitsap School District in Port Orchard, WA is SEPUP ‘Weathering and Erosion’.  Students explore the Earth processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition all the while considering where to expand residential development in an expanding fictional town along the northwest coast.  This year, students at Cedar Heights Junior High were presented with a new factor to consider for this situation, ’should we build a dam on the town’s river to provide energy for the expanding electrical needs of the city?’ This new situation opened the door for a STEM unit, ‘The Energy of Moving Water’ from the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project (free teacher and student curriculum guides are available from their website  www.need.org).  From this platform, students were engaged in activities and research to explore: what electricity is and how it is created, the designs of a hydroelectric dam and how they work, as well as many of the environmental, economic, social, and political issues around the construction and use of dams. Through a school partnership with RB Industries and the PowerWheel, students explored the fundamental elements of creating electricity through the transfer of moving water.  Picture #1     Read the rest of this entry »