GIRLS OF ENERGY e-Book and Website


Welcome to Girls of Energy! This is a place to learn about some amazing scientists at the US Department of Energy doing exciting things and solving some pretty big challenges. We invite you to explore these pages, watch some cool videos, and download some fun activities. We hope to inspire you through the stories and personas of these exceptional women who are conquering today’s energy challenges. Go ahead, explore and try it out. Who knows? You could be the one to make the next big scientific discovery to help all of humanity. Learn More

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U.S. Department of Energy – STEM Spark


Each STEM Spark Energy Education Newsletter will focus on the latest K-Grey Energy Education resources, competitions, and innovations from the Department of Energy and will highlight a variety of energy technologies.

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Plastic Island – How our throwaway culture is turning paradise into a graveyard

Powerful CNN Interactive on the impact of pollution on one of the most remote places on Earth. Watch Video & Learn More 


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Dive Into the Issues Affecting our Oceans

caWhat are some local actions we can take to protect our global ocean? In this Flipside Science unit, designed for a middle school audience, we’ll dive into the issues affecting our oceanic resources and biodiversity. Here you’ll find videos and activities on topics like plastic pollution in the ocean and marine invasive species. Dive In

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Why Do Autumn Leaves Change Color?

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Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti explains how the leaves of deciduous trees perform their annual chameleon act, changing from various shades of green to hues of bronze, orange and brilliant red.

Why Do Autumn Leaves Change Color?

Wonderful video on the adaption of tress to survive cold weather. Video Link

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Great White Shark Research Expedition

Come Explore the Oceans with Us!


Join Dr. Mikki McComb-Kobza of the Ocean First Institute and her team as they take you and your students 30 feet underwater to conduct research inside a shark cage off the Pacific coast. Researchers will be using lasers built by St. Vrain Students at the Innovation Center to collect data on shark length. While underwater, Dr. Mikki will be communicating through a special mask, narrating the entire experience and helping students learn more about one of the world’s most iconic animals, the great white shark.

Together students and teachers will learn how to identify basic shark anatomy and differentiate between male and female sharks. Students will assist in identifying individual sharks based on unique markings. The webinar will be co-hosted by great white shark researcher, Dr. Chris Lowe, from his California State Long Beach Shark Lab. Visit the website listed below for K-12 learning activities, LIVE White Shark movement trackers and other resources. Learn More & View Learning Activities


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How will we feed over 9 billion people by the year 2050?

Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry based approach the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. The students experience the lives of three farm families in Kenya, India, and Canada.


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Earth Science Week

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UCAR Video – Wildfires and Climate Change Attribution: It’s Complicated!

Climate change is contributing to longer wildfire seasons in certain locations due to earlier snowmelt, and models project that as average temperatures around the planet increase due to ever growing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the number of wildfires will also increase in many regions. Despite these connections and predictions, attributing cause of a specific wildfire event to climate change remains exceedingly complicated.

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Space School is Now in Session…

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As part of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program, Lockheed Martin is studying the capabilities needed to support human pioneering in deep space. To explore the depths of our galaxy, habitats are essential to keep astronauts safe, healthy and productive. You & Your Students can Help!


Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor building the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, NASA’s first spacecraft designed for long-duration, human-rated deep space exploration. Orion will transport humans to interplanetary destinations beyond low Earth orbit, such as asteroids, the moon and eventually Mars, and return them safely back to Earth.
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