Energy: Now and Forever!
Power up with this collection of links to learn more about energy, its chemistry, and its relation to your life. See how a chocolate bar in someone’s pocket now saves you tons of time in reheating food! Light up a bulb using materials from grocery and pet stores! Eat a delivery pizza, then build an oven with what’s left!
- Celebrate NCW 2013 with JCE
Power up your brain and your classroom with this collection of free energy-related resources from the Journal of Chemical Education.
- Research Advances: Fill 'Er Up on Chicken, Shrimp, and Coffee?
Chicken, shrimp, and coffee in your gas tank? Sound crazy? Learn how these materials might help provide fuel.
- EIA Energy Kids
What is energy? Check out this website and you’ll have all the answers.
- Personal Radiation Dose Calculator
Radiation—what’s your number? Calculate your annual dose, from things you can avoid to things you can’t.
- My Favorite Small Research Project This Year
How could you find out about how your body burns energy? Read about what these students did with a kiddie pool and a Styrofoam cooler.
- Water Electrolysis
It’s water! No, it’s hydrogen and oxygen gas! Grab a few things from your local store and see how a 9-volt battery can drive this cool reaction.
- Celebrating Chemistry: Energy—Now and Forever!
Power a pinwheel with the sun, learn about turning sand into “$and,” and more in this 2013 issue of ACS’s Celebrating Chemistry.
- Battery Recycling Community Event
Stop! Don’t throw that battery in the trash! Find out why not, then start a battery collection event in your community.
- Soda Can Calorimeter
An empty soda can doesn’t have to be the end. Use it to measure the energy content of your snack food when you’re done.
- Heat—Energy Extraordinaire
See what speedy molecules can do in this bubbly activity.
- Solar Oven S'mores
Cook up some s’mores—no fire required, just an empty pizza box.
- Teacher's Guide: Energy Balance
Food, exercise, your body. It’s a balancing act. Analyze what you eat and do with this three-day energy tracker.
- Celebrating Chemistry: Energy—It's Everywhere!
Build a flashlight, make “water wire,” and learn more about energy in this 2011 issue of ACS’s Celebrating Chemistry.
- Aluminum Air Battery (video)
Aluminum Air Battery (activity handout)
Want to light up a Christmas tree bulb? Forget looking for an outlet—make this aluminum air battery instead using directions in this video or with the activity handout.
- Thermite Pictures & Videos
A huge collection of thermite reaction videos is burning up the page at this link.
- How Do Microwaves Work?
Watching this video will take longer than heating a frozen burrito, but you’ll know more about how microwaves work when you’re done.
- Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions Archive
It’s podcasts galore in this archive. Jump down the page to find out what’s new with fuels and biofuels.
- "Energy: Now and Forever!" ACS/NSTA Webinar
Take a 75-minute whirlwind tour of dozens of energy-related activities and resources in this fast-paced archived webinar recording.