The Texas Natural Gas Foundation is coordinating the development of an energy curriculum supplement for middle and high school students in Texas. The curriculum makes the link between the fact that our life expectancy, air quality, incomes and access to clean water have increased significantly over past centuries because of energy, and much of it is produced here in Texas.
This is one of the most important messages for our children to hear, because to fully appreciate and understand energy production in Texas, our children need to know how it impacts their lives and they should be proud of their state for making the world a better place.
June 7, 2017
TXNG's Energy Curriculum Enchants Sixth Graders
Thanks to a collaboration between the Texas Natural Gas Foundation, the State Energy Conservation Office and the Texas Regional Collaboratives at the University of Texas, science teachers are now using a high quality energy supplement to teach their students about natural gas and other Texas fuels.
Check out the demonstration of energy transformations here.
The Texas Energy Education Project supplement is targeted to middle and high school students, and is correlated to Texas curriculum requirements. The materials are free to Texas teachers to use and may be downloaded clicking here
We need the involvement of the Texas energy industry to make this project a success. We need your help in contributing matching funds, in making experts available for interactive classroom interviews and serving on our Advisory Committee to provide review and suggestions as the curriculum is developed and to advocate for a greater emphasis on geoscience in Texas education standards. These standards govern information and analysis that Texas students need to master in order to pass and graduate. Without an understanding of geoscience, it’s almost impossible to talk about how Texas energy resources are produced.
Texas Energy Education Project
The TEEP curriculum supplement is a multi-year project. As units are developed, they will be rolled out and tested through the Texas Regional Collaboratives' extensive network of classroom science teachers. The previous supplement generated nearly 750,000 unique website visitors annually, demonstrating demand for a high quality educational curriculum about Texas energy. Although the units will focus on Texas energy specifically, they are designed to be used and customized by other states.
The first three units cover
• Energy Resources Serves as an introduction to the course and addresses the basics — What is Energy? What are the Forms of Energy?
• Energy Efficiency Economics Looks more specifically at examples of energy resources currently available and explores their costs and benefits.
• Energy in Your State Explores in-depth the energy resources that are abundant in Texas.
Subsequent units will cover topics such as
● Understanding Hydraulic Fracturing
● Protecting Ground and Surface Water
● Examining Energy’s Role in Quality of Life
● Using Alternative Fuels for Transportation
● Using Alternative Fuels in Energy Production and Storage
● Producing Clean Energy from Texas Landfills and Agriculture
The Texas Natural Gas Foundation will also recruit and train energy industry experts to participate in live video interviews with interested Texas classrooms to demonstrate some of the real world applications of the energy concepts taught in the supplement. For example, classes studying phase changes could request a live demonstration of LNG via video conference, where they are able to ask real time questions.