This blog is a website to provide ongoing support to all teachers in their implementation of the Island Energy Inquiry Curriculum shared in teacher workshops throughout Hawai'i.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The NEED Project – National Energy Education Development

Great Resource for Teachers!

The mission of the NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders.

Link to PowerPoints and PDF's for teaching renewable energy concepts!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Learn about Energy Studies, Rebates and Lighting for Small Businesses

Upcoming event on Maui that which helps support small businesses increase efficiency. For more information check out High Tech Maui at:

To Register Download Flyer:

Hawaii Energy

We recently learned how 30% of the 70% Clean Energy by 2030 goal is increasing efficiency. Here is the entity that is taking the lead to help Hawaii achieve that goal.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Online Mapping & GIS Resources on Energy

• National Renewable Energy Lab(NREL) Map Search:
Dynamic Maps, GIS Data, & Analysis Tools
• International UNEP GRID
• ESRI: Map Museum
• ESRI: GIS for Renewable Energy Best Practices – An Article

IEI Kits Provide Hard Copies of Maps!

Here are the Online Sources and Versions for the Maps Provided in Island Energy Inquiry Kits:

Solar Energy Maps of Hawaii
Wind Energy Map of Hawaii
Energy Potential for Hawaii

10/10/10 - International Event with

Participate in an event on Your Island to Be a Part of A Solution to Climate Change!

10/10/10 - This is the signature annual event for, an organization trying make a difference in reducing C02 levels in our atmosphere NOW!

Search for an event near you!

Blue Planet - CFL Exchange Programs & Much More!

The Blue Planet Foundation

Molokai Residents Exchanged Incandescent Bulbs for CFLs over a two month period! Over 30,000 CFLs are now lighting up homes and businesses in a more efficient way on island!

Lokelani Intermediate School is leading an exchange program on Maui! Help them out and save energy by exchanging your bulbs for new CFLs!

Science Supplies Resource -

Kelvin Educational

Recommended by Colin, Environmental Science Teacher at Lahainaluna HS

Friday, October 1, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Siemens Foundation Sponsors National Sustainability Challenge for Students Grades K-12

Students Teams Compete for Prizes Up to $50,000 Joint Scholarship

Siemens Foundations encourages teams of students to become “Agents of Change” using project-based science inquiry approaches to identify, research and recommend solutions to environmental issues in their communities.

What are some environmental issues in your community that you would like to change?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"WindWise" Curriculum Launched

KidWind and Pandion have partnered to develop a wind energy program for educators and schools. Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the program includes curriculum, activity kits, teacher training, and will soon offer a “Connect Zone” where educators can share resources.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Wind Energy Quiz for Students

BrainPop, a fabulous resource for teachers and students, has a fun, online quiz that ties in perfectly with the Island Energy Inquiry Curriculum Module: Island Breezes Blowing Island Energy.

BrainPop Wind Energy Quiz

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Island Energy Inquiry Workshops Offfered Statewide!

The first Island Energy Inquiry workshop was offered to Maui, Molokai, and Lanai teachers summer of 2009. During Winter and Spring of 2010, additional workshops have taken place on Oahu, Big Island, and Kauai via a partnership between UH CRDG, MEDB Women in Technology, and HIDOE.

We welcome all teachers statewide to use this blog as a resource!

Teachers, please comment freely here to offer suggestions on how we can make this a more useful resource to you and to share additional energy inquiry resources you have found helpful in your implementation.
Mahalo for your interest in engaging your students in energy inquiry!