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Calling all Arlington County Schools!

Looking for fun and engaging ways to supplement your instruction on energy use and the environment?

ACE is providing free presentations on energy education for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. All lessons are from NEED, the National Energy Education Development Project, a national nonprofit organization that has a curriculum portfolio with over 130 teacher and student guides designed to educate teachers and students about energy.

Sessions are available during the school day and during after school programs.

Have questions or a special request? Please give us a call at 703-228-6427 or send us an email. We can typically meet your schedule request on any day of the week with at least three weeks notice.

Elementary School Energy Education Program Topics

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Name, school, program, requested, grade(s), and number of students and we will get in touch to schedule.

Activity Name Grade Level Time/# of Participants Description/SOLs Addressed
Energy Carnival 2-5 60 to 90 minutes
Up to 100 students
This program is very interactive and involves hands-on carnival-themed activities done in small group rotations about the major energy sources, renewable and nonrenewable energy, and the ways we use energy. Prizes will be provided for all participants. Ideal for end-of-year celebrations for 2nd or 3rd graders in June. Key SOL: Science Resources 3.11 Other SOLs: Science Living Systems 2.5, Science Living Systems 4.5, and Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change 5.7
Energy in the Balance 3-5 60 minutes
Up to 24 students
This cooperative learning activity encourages elementary students to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the major energy sources through a series of graphing and charting activities.Key SOL: Science Resources 3.11 Other SOLs: Science Resources 4.8; Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change 5.7; and ‘ Science Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic 3.1, 4.1 and 5.1
Solar Ovens K-2 45 minutes
Up to 24 students
Students will have the opportunity to participate in the construction of a solar oven. The activity will demonstrate that when sunlight shines on food, enough energy is changed to heat to cook the food.Key SOL: Science Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems 1.6Other SOLs: Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change K.9 and Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic 2.1
Three Rs K-5 30 minutes
Up to 150 students (in assembly room with microphone)
This presentation focuses on the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling to protect our natural resources. It includes an overview of Arlington County’s recycling program. This interactive presentation is also available as a whole-school assembly program.‘ Key SOLs: Science Resources K.10 and Science Resources 1.8. Other SOLs: Science Living Systems 2.5, 3.6, and 4.5

After School Program Topics

Contact us today to sign up! Please provide:

Name, school, program requested, grade(s), and number of students and we will get in touch to schedule.

Activity Name Grade Level Time/# of Participants Description/SOLs Addressed
Energy Carnival 2-5 45 to 60 minutes
Up to 50 students
This program is very interactive and involves hands-on carnival-themed activities done in small group rotations about the major energy sources, renewable and nonrenewable energy, and the ways we use energy. Key SOL: Science Resources 3.11 Other SOLs: Science Living Systems 2.5, Science Living Systems 4.5, and Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change 5.7
Paper Making 3-5 45 to 60 minutes
Up to 20 students
Promotes reducing solid waste by making a sheet of paper out of reused paper scraps
Solar Ovens (available starting April 29th, when sufficient sunlight is available) K-2 45 minutes
Up to 20 students
Students will have the opportunity to participate in the construction of a solar oven. The activity will demonstrate that when sunlight shines on food, enough energy is changed to heat to cook the food.Key SOL: Science Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems 1.6 Other SOLs: Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change K.9 and Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic 2.1
Three Rs K-5 30 minutes
Up to 35 students (in assembly room with microphone)
This presentation focuses on the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling to protect our natural resources. It includes an overview of Arlington County’s recycling program. This interactive presentation is also available as a whole-school assembly program. Key SOLs: Science Resources K.10 and Science Resources 1.8. Other SOLs: Science Living Systems 2.5, 3.6, and 4.5

Middle and High School Program Topics

Activity Name Grade Level Time/# of Participants Description/SOLs Addressed
Explore the Greenhouse Effect 6-8 45 minutes
Up to 24 students.
This hands-on activity investigates the effect of carbon dioxide on the temperature in a greenhouse. Key SOLs: Science Resources 6.9, Matter 6.6, Life Science LS.7, Earth Science ES.12Other SOLs: Science Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic 6.1, Earth Science ES.7
Greenhouse in a Beaker 9-12 45 minutes
Up to 24 students
This activity examines the affect of adding carbon dioxide to the air on the air’s temperature during the day and during the night. Key SOLs: Chemistry CH.3 and Earth Science ES.12. Other SOLs: Earth Science ES.7

If you’d like to take advantage of this free energy education opportunity, please sign-up directly online and we will be in touch to confirm.

Have questions or a special request? Please give us a call at 703-228-6427 or send us an email. We can typically meet your schedule request on any day of the week with at least three weeks notice.