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Energy Connections

Energy ConnectionsEver wonder how much energy it takes to power a light bulb? Your students will find out by becoming the source of energy, using a pedal bike generator! They'll learn how we use energy in our daily lives and where this energy comes from. Through dynamic demonstrations, our presenters encourage students to use energy wisely.

Program Options: Energy Connections is available as either a large group assembly or an in-depth residency.

Assembly Option

ASSEMBLY MAX: 250 students
TIME: 50 minutes
GRADE: Grades 3-5



  • Energy must come from somewhere, appears in many different forms, and can change from one form to another.
  • Electrical energy can be generated from renewable and nonrenewable resources.
  • Technologies designed for harnessing energy have positive and negative impacts on the natural world as more engineered products and services are created and used.
  • People influence decisions about how energy sources are obtained, transferred, and used.
  • Decreasing the use of electrical energy can reduce pollution, save money, and conserve limited resources.
  • Engineers design new technologies to solve problems faced by people and society.


The Nature of Science and Engineering - Describe the positive and negative impacts that the designed world has on the natural world as more and more engineered products and services are created and used. - Identify a common engineered system and evaluate its impact on the daily life of humans. - Recognize that there is no perfect design and that new technologies have consequences that may increase some risks and decrease others. - Describe the trade-offs in using manufactured products in terms of features, performance, durability and cost.

Physical Science - Trace the changes of energy forms, including thermal, electrical, chemical, mechanical or others as energy is used in devices.

Earth and Space Science - Identify renewable and non-renewable energy and material resources that are found in Minnesota and describe how they are used. - Give examples of how mineral and energy resources are obtained and processed and how that processing modifies their properties to make them more useful. - Compare the impact of individual decisions on natural systems.

Life Science - Give examples of beneficial and harmful human interaction with natural systems.

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