Everything in life requires energy to function, whether it is a non-living thing or a living thing. For instance the school bus requires energy in order to pick and drop kids. Likewise the school building also requires energy in order to cool down or heat up the classrooms. In fact, even the cell phones that are being used by the children these days to keep in touch with their friends and families require electric energy to function.
As adults, most of us have basic information about what energy is and the many categories of energy, but kids need to be educated on the different types of energy sources and energy in general in order to make them aware and be responsible when it comes to the usage of energy. Generally speaking, there are two kinds of sources of energy namely non-renewable sources of energy (example – coal, petroleum, fossil fuels, etc) and renewable sources of energy (example – solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, etc).
Nowadays kids can access a lot of information sources from where they can understand energy better. The Federal Government has set up a lot of websites to help kids learn about energy sources better. One of these websites is Energy Kids. This website has been created by the US Energy Information Administration. In this website it is stated that about 92% of the energy consumption in the US is from non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuels, uranium ore, natural gas, coal, etc. In this website the different sources of renewable energy are explained clearly to kids, in a simple and interesting manner. Information on electricity, how to conserve energy, usage of energy and the history of energy can be accessed from this site. There are also many interesting activities and games here.
Kids: Saving energy is an online resource which is offered by the US Department of Energy. It offers fascinating information about renewable energy and also helps to educate the kids on how to save energy in the form of interesting tips and tricks like turning off the appliances and gadgets when not in use, using natural lighting, using energy saving lighting products, etc.
Alliant Energy Kids is a website provided by a power utility company known as Alliant Energy. It provides information on various types of renewable sources of energy and also some fun facts about this kind of energy in order to grab the attention of the kids.
Energy Star Kids is a website which teaches kids all about energy, i.e. how it is harnessed, the different kinds of energy, the sources of energy, the ways of conserving energy, etc in an interactive manner.