Educational Materials

The Wisconsin Energy Institute develops classroom and nonformal educational materials for students in elementary school up to the undergraduate level. The materials are oriented around a number of core themes, including inquiry-based learning, scientific thought and analysis, and the conservation of matter and energy.

Analyzing Fuel Carbon Footprints: Gasoline, Ethanol and Electricity

Stand-Alone Activity | Middle School, High School, Undergraduate

In this data dive, students interpret and analyze data on the greenhouse gas emissions from producing and using different fuels for vehicles: gasoline, biofuels and electricity.

Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science

Biofuels vs Fossil Fuels Unit

Unit | Middle School, High School

The Biofuels vs Fossil Fuels unit has students explore the similarities and differences between fossil fuels and biofuels. In the process, students investigate the carbon-transforming processes of combustion, photosynthesis, fermentation and respiration.

Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science

Energy and Health Exploration Station

Stand-Alone Activity, Exploration Station | Elementary, Middle School, High School

This Exploration Station is designed to introduce learners to the human health impacts of different energy sources. Learners identify energy uses and sources on a table-top illustration of a landscape, then match the energy uses to different pollutants and potential health impacts.

Biology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Social Studies

Global Energy Flows

Stand-Alone Activity | High School, Undergraduate, Nonformal

Students analyze data detailing global energy sources and sinks (uses) and construct a diagram to show the relative scale and the connections between them.

Biology, Engineering, Physical Science

Investigating Fuel Sustainability

Unit, Stand-Alone Activity | Middle School, High School, Undergraduate

In this set of lessons, students explore the meaning of the term sustainability and then investigate and evaluate the sustainability of different transportation fuels, eg. gasoline, biofuel, or electricity. In the process they research the steps required to produce and use different fuels and tally associated environmental impacts.

Biology, Earth Science, Economics, Environmental Science, Social Studies

Microgrid Sustainable Energy Exploration Station

Stand-Alone Activity, Exploration Station | Elementary, Middle School, High School

This Exploration Station is designed to introduce learners to the basics of microgrids and new approaches to generating and distributing electrical power in communities.

Earth Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Physics

Poker Chip Model: Global Carbon Pools and Fluxes

Stand-Alone Activity | Middle School, High School, Undergraduate, Nonformal

This activity helps students visualize and model a commonly published diagram of global carbon pools and fluxes. Students create a scaled 3-D visual of global carbon pools and net fluxes between pools with anthropogenic influences.

Biology, Physical Science

Bioenergy Lab Series

Unit | High School, Undergraduate

The Bioenergy Lab Series is comprised of twelve bioenergy lab activities designed for advanced high school and undergraduate students to engage with scientific concepts related to each step in the renewable biofuels pipeline.

Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry