Last week, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) launched a new Climate Education and Literacy Initiative to “help connect American students and citizens with the best-available, science-based information about climate change.” The OSTP acknowledged a number of “commitments” made by Federal agencies and others to this initiative which included a commitment to enhance energy literacy.
In recognition of this commitment, the Department of Energy (DOE), along with the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), announced an Energy Literacy Video Series to accompany the Energy Literacy Framework. This framework cites seven essential principles and fundamental concepts for teaching energy and each of the first four principles is now summarized in a 4-6 minute video. Videos for the final three essential principles are expected by September 2015.
Below are the first four essential principles in the framework which is also available in Spanish:
You may also be interested in the five minute TED-Ed video, “A Guide to the Energy of the Earth,” which shows the 7 essential principles in action.