TEXAS ENERGY EDUCATION PROJECT
A STEM CURRICULUM SUPPLEMENT
The curriculum is designed for use in middle school and high school science classes, to educate Texas students and their teachers about our abundant Texas energy resources and the vital role that they play today in supporting our schools and our economy, as well as to properly prepare students for jobs in the energy sector of the future.
This STEM curriculum has been developed in collaboration with Texas Christian University’s Energy Institute and College of Education, the Texas Natural Gas Foundation, the State Energy Conservation Office and the Texas Regional Collaboratives at the University of Texas. Although the units focus on Texas energy specifically, they are designed to be used and customized by other states.
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. These STEM units are correlated to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), so they are classroom ready.
Next summer, TCU plans to host a weeklong workshop for 25 teachers on the three curriculum units already developed. Each of these trained Master Teachers will then receive a stipend to go back to their districts and train ten additional teachers during the school year, for a total of 275 trained teachers in the first year. A middle school science teacher typically teaches 100 students, which means TCU would reach 27,500 middle school students in the first year with Texas Energy Education Project curriculum.
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 we develop new curriculum units. Check out the curriculum units and video demonstration of energy transformations here.