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The units and lessons were comprehensive with each kit. All the materials needed were there. It made teaching these units easy. It also made it easy to tailor our lessons to the needs of our students.
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VEEP Kits

VEEP has more than 10 different types of curriculum resource kits available to lend to schools in Vermont and New Hampshire. These kits include all the equipment you need to support your energy and climate curriculum. We recommend that teachers go through a training before using our curricula and curriculum resource kits, and we can set up professional development trainings to suit the needs of individual schools. However, these trainings are not always necessary.

If you are interested in reserving a kit, fill out the form below and we will get back to you to confirm availability within one week (and often sooner). Kits are loaned out on a first come, first serve basis, so reserve early to guarantee your dates.

The complete list of kits is located below the form.


Reserve a kit

Your first name:

Your last name:

Your school or organization:

Your email:

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I would like to borrow (check all that apply): Button Up Thermal Energy Extension (grades 6-8)Climate Change: Understanding & Engagement (grades 6-8)Climate Change: Understanding & Engagement PLUS 2 Earths model (grades 6-8)ECC: Electricity & Climate Change: (grades 6-12)Model Electric Grid (grades 6-12)PVs in Action: Elementary (grades 4-5)PVs in Action: Middle/High School (grades 6-12)Sun FUNdamentals: Light & Shadows (grades K-3)Wind FUNdamentals: Using Wind to Do Work (grades K-3)Wind Works: Wind Electricity (grades 4-12)Solar Challenge full kit (grades 5-12)Solar Challenge mylar onlyIR Cameras & ThermometersLight MetersMethane DigesterPyranometerWatt Meters

How long would you like to use the kit(s)? (Please request only the time you need, knowing that other teachers would also like to borrow this equipment.)
From this date (mm/dd/yyyy):

To this date (mm/dd/yyyy):

For this many students:

In these grades:

Pick up: I would like to: Pick up the kit in Montpelier.Have the kit delivered to me for an additional $20.

Return: I would like to: Drop off the kit in Montpelier.Have the kit picked up at my school for an additional $20.

I have used VEEP kits before. YesNo

I am interested in a training on using this kit. YesNo

Have you completed, or are you part of, any of the following VEEP professional development opportunities? 2018 Summer InstituteOne-day training in the 2018/19 year2018/19 Green School Energy Challenge2019/19 Regional Learning TeamsI have done other past PD with VEEPI haven't done any PD with VEEP

I have been working with a VEEP educator. YesNo

If yes, which educator?

To whom shall we send your invoice? Please include name and email. If you leave this field blank, we will send the invoice to you:

Additional requests, questions, or comments? If your school does not have a budget for materials, please note here if you would like info on reduced pricing:

The fine print: I understand that the equipment in the kit(s) I borrow is my responsibility. I understand that my school will be billed for any items that are damaged or missing upon return of the kit(s). I also understand that another teacher will be using the kit(s) after I am done, and I agree to send the kit(s) back to VEEP packed in an organized fashion, following the packing instructions provided.I understand the above and I agree to treat my kit(s) well.

If you are having technical issues with this form, please send an e-mail with the requested info above to info@veep.org


More details

Transportation of kits: We offer two transportation options: You can either pick up (or return) the kits at the VEEP offices in Montpelier at no cost, or we can send them to you (or have them picked up) via messenger service or VEEP educator for an additional $20 each way.

Fee: We ask schools to pay a small fee for the use of our kits to help us to maintain and restock the kits, as well as a fee for transportation if you are not picking up or dropping off the kit in Montpelier. These fees can be waived if your school does not have a budget for materials.

Lost and damaged items: All kits come with a detailed itemized list of included materials. Please let us know immediately if any items are missing. You are expected to do an inventory of the kit you’ve borrowed before returning it to VEEP. We will bill for lost and damaged items. The cost of replacing consumable materials (items meant to be used up, like modeling clay and index cards) is included in the kit maintenance fee.


The Kits

Sun FUNdamentals: Light & Shadows

Explore light and shadows through engineering design challenges

VEEP has designed an introductory unit with three lessons on solar energy (light and shadows) for K–3 that incorporates engineering principles in engaging, hands-on lessons, using NGSS and Common Core as frameworks. This kit gives everything you need to run these lessons, including having students compare the light-blocking qualities of different materials and creating and exploring light-blocking structures. These lessons celebrate the student as explorer, tinkerer and collaborator, and they lay the foundation for deeper understandings of energy in higher grades.

  • Kit includes: Model trees, index cards, building connector set, flashlight, various sample squares of materials to explore the effects of sun and shade, Sun Up, Sun Down book, and more.
  • Recommended grade level: K–3
  • Kit fee: $40, or $60 for both Sun and Wind FUNdamentals.
  • Kit size: 1 large plastic tote
  • View a summary of the Sun & Wind FUNdamentals curriculum.

 

Wind FUNdamentals: Using Wind to Do Work

Build and test pinwheels and sailboats, and experiment with mechanical wind turbines

VEEP has designed an introductory unit with three lessons on wind energy for K–3 that incorporates engineering principles in engaging, hands-on lessons, using NGSS and Common Core as frameworks. This kit gives everything you need to run these lessons including having students build and test pinwheels, boat sails and windmill blades. These lessons celebrate the student as explorer, tinkerer and collaborator and they lay the foundation for deeper understandings of energy in higher grades.

  • Kit includes: Box fan, windmills and blades, materials for building wind-powered boats, track for boats, pinwheel patterns, I Face the Wind book, and more.
  • Recommended grade level: K–3
  • Kit fee: $40, or $60 for both Sun and Wind FUNdamentals.
  • Kit size: 1 large plastic tote, 1 box fan
  • View a summary of the Sun & Wind FUNdamentals curriculum.

 

PVs in Action: Solar Electricity

Explore and optimize solar electricity with photovoltaic panels

Turn your students into solar energy experts. The PVs in Action materials kit includes everything you need to demonstrate and explore solar power right in the classroom.

  • Kit includes: Two sizes of PV panel (9v and 1.5v), battery and bulb kits, worklights (both lower-lumen, lower-heat LED worklights and high-lumen, high-heat halogen worklights), digital multimeters, motors, LEDs, 2.2-volt lightbulbs, resistors, static electricity kit, radio, and more.
  • Recommended grade level: 4–12 (we offer an elementary PVs kit and a middle/high PVs kit)
  • Kit fee: $40

 

Model Electric Grid 

Explore and understand the grid with model homes and power plants

Students act as grid operators and homeowners, working to balance output with demand using model houses, transmission lines, generators, and more.

  • Kit includes: Model transmission lines, homes, and power plants; event cards; alligator clips, motors, LED lights, and more
  • Recommended grade level: 4–12
  • Maintenance fee: $45
  • Kit size: 2 large plastic totes
  • View a summary of the Model Electric Grid.

There is no charge for VEEP curriculum materials, storylines, and manuals. Simply fill in your name, school, and e-mail address below, and click “Send.” You will receive an e-mail with a link to view and download the storyline and supporting materials. This system helps us keep track of who is using our materials so we can continue to receive funding support. Your name will not be shared with anyone, although you will receive occasional updates from VEEP about our work.

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Wind Works: Wind Electricity

Explore and optimize wind generator output using VEEP electric wind turbines

Hold on to your notebooks! Wind Works kits are designed to give students hands-on activities to learn about the power potential of wind. Students can take measurements of wind speed with handheld anemometers and measure the voltage output on specially designed wind turbines. Students then graph the resulting data to explore the relationship between wind speed and power, and evaluate wind power as an energy alternative here in Vermont. The standard kit comes with three stations, but we can provide extra stations for classes larger than 15 students.

  • Kit includes: Wind generators, visual volt meters, digital multimeters, anemometers, 3-speed fans, small DC motors, lightbulbs, LEDs, static electricity kit, convection kit, battery and bulb kits, handcrank generators, dynamo LED flashlight, shake flashlight, radio, and more.
  • Recommended grade level: 5–12
  • Maintenance fee: $40
  • Kit size: 4 small plastic totes, 3 box fans (designed for 9-12 students; request additional stations for larger groups)
  • View a summary of the Wind Works curriculum.

 

Solar Challenge: Solar Thermal Collectors

Build a solar collector to heat water with energy from the sun

Students go to “engineering school” and learn about collector design and parabolas through hands-on experiments. Student teams design and build solar collectors and compete for prizes in several categories.

  • Kit includes: Reflective mylar, thermometers, mirrors, utility knives, mini-collector patterns, and more.
  • Recommended grade level: 6–12
  • Maintenance fee: $60 (mylar only: $50)
  • Kit size: 2 large plastic totes, 1 roll mylar, 1 tube straight edges
  • View a summary of the Solar Challenge curriculum. 

 

Climate Change: Understanding and Engagement

Build and test models and explore action steps to combat climate change

Middle school students build, explore, and adapt models, practicing the process of science and using data to reach a scientific conclusion in this integrated, hands-on, evidence-based curriculum. The curriculum is divided into four coherent sections: engaging students in climate change, carbon emissions and human activity, making meaning through models, and working towards a solution. We recommend having a VEEP educator in to offer our Climate Modeling workshop to support this curriculum, but teachers can also borrow the 2 Earths climate model in addition if they wish to run this activity themselves.

  • Kit includes: IR thermometers, dual-temperature probes, heat lamps, Kill-a-Watt meters, a wide variety of materials for building models (flasks, beakers, sand, rocks, etc), Sea Level Rising board game, Material World book, and more. Request the additional 2 Earths Model if you would like to lead this activity yourself instead of having a VEEP educator come in to your classroom.
  • Recommended grade level: 6–8
  • Maintenance fee: $50
  • Kit size: 5 large plastic totes (2 Earths model is an additional tote)
  • View a summary of the Climate Change curriculum.

 

Electricity & Climate Change

In-depth kit for middle and high school students

Students explore science and human impacts on the environment in a hands-on, meaningful way. Dive into learning about electricity generation, renewable energy and climate science through demonstrations, discussions, modeling, and student investigations.

  • Kit includes: Model wind turbine, model hydro generator, solar panels, lamps, materials to create simple circuits, LED bulbs, hand-crank generators, IR thermometers and more. Kit can be broken up into five modules (request as many modules as you need)
    • Climate module
    • Electricity module
    • Hydro module
    • Solar PV module
    • Wind module
  • Recommended grade level: 6–12
  • Maintenance fee: $45
  • Full kit size: 6 large plastic totes and 2 box fans

There is no charge for VEEP curriculum materials, storylines, and manuals. Simply fill in your name, school, and e-mail address below, and click “Send.” You will receive an e-mail with a link to view and download the storyline and supporting materials. This system helps us keep track of who is using our materials so we can continue to receive funding support. Your name will not be shared with anyone, although you will receive occasional updates from VEEP about our work.

Your first name (required)

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Your school or organization

Button Up Thermal Energy Extension: Weatherization Design Challenge

Apply engineering principles to construct a house that minimizes thermal energy transfer

Students are challenged to build a “house” from a windowed cake box, insulate and seal it with various materials, and test the results, exploring thermal energy, heat transfer, data analysis, and the environmental effects of home weatherization.

  • Kit includes: Cake boxes, various insulation materials, thermometers, beakers, temperature probes, and more.
  • Recommended grade level: 6–8
  • Maintenance fee: $45
  • Kit size: 1 medium cardboard box

There is no charge for VEEP curriculum materials, storylines, and manuals. Simply fill in your name, school, and e-mail address below, and click “Send.” You will receive an e-mail with a link to view and download the manual. This system helps us keep track of who is using our materials so we can continue to receive funding support. Your name will not be shared with anyone, although you will receive occasional updates from VEEP about our work.

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Methane Digester

Create methane from cow manure

This brand-new kit gives you almost everything you need to set up and run a small scale working methane digester in your classroom. All you need to add is fresh cow manure.

  • Maintenance fee: $30
  • Kit size: 1 five-gallon bucket

There is no charge for VEEP curriculum materials, storylines, and manuals. Simply fill in your name, school, and e-mail address below, and click “Send.” You will receive an e-mail with a link to view and download the manual. This system helps us keep track of who is using our materials so we can continue to receive funding support. Your name will not be shared with anyone, although you will receive occasional updates from VEEP about our work.

Your first name (required)

Your last name (required)

Your email (required)

Your school or organization

Pyranometers

Measure solar intensity to be able to calculate efficiency of solar devices

Pyranometers are a tool for measuring the intensity of the solar energy for use with our Solar Challenge curriculum at the high school level, or with PV explorations. The VEEP pyranometer has a readout directly in watts/square meter.

  • Maintenance fee: $20 for one pyranometer.
  • Kit size: 1 small plastic box

There is no charge for VEEP curriculum materials, storylines, and manuals. Simply fill in your name, school, and e-mail address below, and click “Send.” You will receive an e-mail with a link to view and download the mini-lesson. This system helps us keep track of who is using our materials so we can continue to receive funding support. Your name will not be shared with anyone, although you will receive occasional updates from VEEP about our work.

Your first name (required)

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Your school or organization

IR Cameras & Thermometers

Visual heat transfer and measure surface temperatures in your building

Thermal imaging cameras and thermometers for use in your classroom.

  • Kit includes: 3 FLUKE VT02 IR thermal imaging cameras, 6 IR thermometers.
  • Maintenance fee: $40.
  • Kit size: 1 small plastic tote

Watt Meters

Measure the electricity used by plugged-in equipment in your school

  • Kit includes: 10 Kill-a-Watt meters.
  • Maintenance fee: $30.
  • Kit size: 1 small plastic tote

Light Meters

Measure lighting levels to assess opportunities to improve lighting efficiency

  • Kit includes: 8 light meters.
  • Maintenance fee: $30.
  • Kit size: 1 small plastic tote