Curriculum & Storyline Descriptions

Learn more about our curricula and storylines, get cost information for kits, and download  curriculum guides and storylines below. If you’re looking for curriculum support kits, please visit our kits page.


Climate Change: Understanding & Engagement | grades 6–8

climatechangeworkshop2Middle 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.

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Electricity & Climate Change | grades 6–12 

Do you know where your electricity comes from, how its generation affects climate, AND what we can all do to reduce negative impacts? The ECC kit includes a massive collection of scientific equipment and resources that support middle and high school students in answering those questions. The NGSS-aligned storyline that supports this kit begins with a three-part anchoring phenomenon, prompting students to consider our impacts on climate with compelling multimedia displays. Students will run a Two Earths modeling investigation, collecting data to see the correlation between greenhouse gases and atmospheric temperature. Students will investigate how electricity has been generated historically, as well as a variety of modern renewable technologies. After learning how efficiency and conservation can help us reduce our impacts, students are encouraged to develop an action plan for a civic engagement project that encourages sustainability.

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NEW! Home Heat Transfer | grades 6–10

How does heating our homes impact Earth’s atmosphere and climate and what can we do to reduce that impact? Middle and high school students identify visible and invisible products of fuel combustion, then safely investigate heat transfer phenomena involving convection, conduction, and radiation. They figure out how heat moves in and around buildings and test strategies to slow undesired heat transfer. Then they design, insulate and tighten up miniature model homes, testing their designs as part of the engineering process. The class applies their learning to analyze real buildings that they live and work in. Students leave with strategies to hold heat in buildings and a deep understanding of why conserving heat makes a difference to Earth’s climate.

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PVs in Action | grades 4–12

adult&kidsolarpanelTurn your students into solar energy experts. Materials kit includes mini PV panels, motors, and lights (just in case!): everything you need to demonstrate solar power right in the classroom. The PVs in Action curriculum guide has lessons that build on each other.

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Solar Challenge | grades 6–12

Pacem-solarcollectorChallenge your students to build a collector to boil water with energy from the sun. Students go to engineering school, learn about collector design, and parabolas through hands-on experiments. Student teams design and build solar collectors and compete for prizes in several categories. Materials kit for Solar Challenge includes reflective Mylar, cardboard, and mini-collector patterns.

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Sun & Wind FUNdamentals | grades K–3

TRYflocktothefanIntroduce your youngest students to wind and solar! VEEP has designed an introductory unit on wind and solar for K–3 that incorporates engineering principles in engaging, hands-on lessons, using NGSS and Common Core as frameworks. With a focus on being an engineer, students will build, share, and redesign models to understand how we can effectively use wind and solar.

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Wind Works | grades 5–12

Hold on to your notebooks! Large fans and demonstration wind turbines unite to create electricity and present the power potential of wind. Students 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.  

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Mini-Units & Manuals

Pyranometers

VEEP has pyranometers (a tool to measure the radiant intensity of sunlight) for loan to use with our PVs Clean & Green curriculum and Solar Challenge curriculum.

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Methane Digesters

VEEP also has kits for building a mini methane digester: roast your own marshmallows with energy from cow poo!

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