School Outreach

Free Science and Learning Opportunities for Students

COVID-19 Affects School Outreach

Austin Energy's School Outreach efforts have been affected by COVID-19 and recent stay at home orders implemented by the City of Austin. For the health and safety of customers, employees, and the community at large, school presentations have been canceled for the remainder of the school year.

The Educational Outreach Team at Austin Energy has compiled a list of staff recommended online learning options, as well as local school district resources below.

Staff at the utility appreciate your patience as we continue to safely provide the Austin service area with clean, reliable, affordable energy and excellent customer service. This site will be reviewed and updated regularly with any changes.

Due to COVID-19, the utility is not currently scheduling presentations. Thank you for your patience.

Electrical Safety World Video

This video about electrical safety explains the basics of electricity, conductors and insulators, indoor and outdoor safety, and fallen power lines. It is geared toward children in grades 3-7.

 

 

Staff Recommended Electrical Safety & Educational Resources

  • The Electrical Safety Foundation International Kid's Corner is awesome. It uses games, videos and interactive modules in this free online resource to engage and entertain children as they learn about electrical safety.
  • Energy Safe Kids is brought to you by the National Energy Foundation. Their website offers resources for students and teachers, plus an online game and other activities. The mission of Energy Safe Kids "is to cultivate energy literacy by promoting the safe and wise use of natural gas and electricity."
  • The U.S. Energy Information Administration offers educational resources for teachers and students, as well as games, activities, history of energy, basics of energy, and energy calculators.
  • The Austin Public Library is an amazing City of Austin service. They offer an abundance of online resources including a Virtual Library, eBooks, eLearning, Homework Help and more. Read, listen or watch on your computer or mobile device 24/7 when you download or stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, magazines, movies and music. You may need to register for your free account.
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) offers free online learning tools for students and teachers.
  • The Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization that has lessons for ages 2 through high school for STEM courses as well as the Arts and Humanities. Lessons including videos, readings and practice questions for full courses are available. These are perfect for an easy transition from classroom learning to home school. Check out their daily schedules for students 4-18 years of age.
  • PBS Design Squad: From balloon jousting to wind energy, download engineering design challenges and worksheets. Gives you challenges based on available supplies.
  • EcoRise is an Austin, Texas-based organization that aims to "inspire a new generation of leaders to design a sustainable future for all," with a school-based program to empower youth with STEM and sustainability type lessons for learning at home.
  • Scholastic has a new free "learn from home" website with options for four different learning levels including Pre-K through 6th grade and more. One week of lessons are currently available with fifteen more days on the way. This is a good general learning experience for younger kids that parents could use to engage their students.
  • Organized by grade level from elementary through university, TED-Ed offers thousands of educational videos, animations, tips, and more in dozens of subjects.
  • The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) provides teachers, students, and parents the opportunity to explore how to use energy responsibly with the Power to Save Texas School Program. In this program, students will learn about electricity and valuable ways to save energy and money through in-class presentations, digital education content, teacher-led activities, and school contests.

Local School District Resources

Austin Energy All-Stars Educational Program for Grade 6

Austin Energy provides teachers, students, and their families with the opportunity to explore ways to efficiently use energy with the Austin Energy All-Stars Program.

In this program, 6th-grade students learn about the exciting world of electricity, as well as valuable ways to save energy and money at home. Austin Energy provides an in-class curriculum for teachers, and interactive take-home kits full of energy-efficient products for students and their families— all at no cost. This program supports Texas (TEKS) Academic State Standards.

Learn more about Austin Energy All-Stars and enroll

Contact Us

Please email your questions to Austin Energy School Outreach.

Date last reviewed or modified: 4/14/20

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