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All Energy Sources

Energy Education Links for Kids Texas State Energy Conservation Office
Provides links to a variety of energy education and game websites for kids.

Energy Kids’ Page US Energy Information Administration
Helps kids explore energy using fun facts and activities, plus information on famous people in energy.

Energy Quest California Energy Commission
Includes the energy story (all types of energy), science projects, games, a library, profiles of “super scientists,” teaching materials and many other resources [Flash plug-in required].

Energize Your Future Shell
Provides energy information for students and educators and features games, activities and a glossary of industry terms.

Just for Kids Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Teaches kids about air, land, water and energy, with simple text, games and “print and go” activities such as coloring pages.

Kids Saving Energy US Department of Energy
Illustrates various types of energy sources, science project ideas and ways to conserve energy.

National Energy Foundation
Resources and activities for students including topics such as energy conservation, energy debate topics, a creative energy challenge and poster contest.

Students’ Corner Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Explains how the commission regulates energy in the United States and includes games and quizzes on the topic.

Understanding Energy Total
Offers resources on all energy sources and provides multimedia features on offshore drilling and biodiversity in the ocean.

What’s Your Energy IQ API
An interactive game to test your energy knowledge.


Provides dictionary-like definitions along with lengthy descriptions, history, examples and uses of biofuels with many links for more information.

Biomass Energy The Library of Congress
This online guide highlights selected works and resources about biomass energy.

Ethanol Promotion and Information Council
Offers facts about ethanol and how it is made.

What is biofuel? Energy North East
Offers simple descriptions of biofuel, biodiesel and bioethanol.


American Coal Council
Defines coal and offers career information and speaker resources.

Coal Association of Canada
Discusses Canada’s coal industry, coal quick facts, environmental impact and career information.


How Electricity is Made
Power Kids from Richmond Power and Light
Explains lightning, electricity and safety in simple language and offers links to several online games.

NASA Sci Files
Electricity experiments and simulations.


Energy Kids Page
Illustrates how geothermal energy works, where it is found and how it is used.

Facts about Geothermal Energy
Presents an Australian perspective on geothermal energy.

Geothermal Basics US Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Learn about geothermal energy and enhanced geothermal systems. Learn about geothermal development history and look up geothermal terms in the glossary.

Geothermal Energy Facts Geothermal Education Office
An introduction to geothermal energy including its definition, how it works, how it is used and where it is found.

Geothermal Heat Pumps US Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Explains how a geothermal heat pump works with links to more in-depth information.

Geothermal Technologies Program
Describes the US Department of Energy (DOE) geothermal energy program. Includes facts and news.

What is a Ground Source Heat Pump? International Ground Source Heat Pump Association
Describes what a ground source heat pump is and how it works.


Energy Kids Page
Illustrates how hydroelectric energy works, where it is generated and how it is used.

Hydropower Basics
Learn the basics about how hydropower works, its advantages and disadvantages, its use throughout history and resource potential.

Nuclear Energy

ABC’s of Nuclear Science
Nuclear Science Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Facts. An introduction to nuclear science including experiment ideas for chemistry and physics.

American Nuclear Society
The public section of this website features resources for teachers, students, the media and industry professionals. Recent news events and information on how to begin a conversation on nuclear matters is also included.

Areva Group (France)
Website of the France-based world leader in nuclear power. The website offers educational material both in French and English, unless otherwise noted.

Aula didáctica – Nuclenor (Spain)
Website from Nuclenor (Nucleares del Norte) a Spanish company specialized in nuclear technology and owner of the Santa Maria de Garoña nuclear power plant. The educational section of the website includes documents and interactive material that answer questions about energy, nuclear energy applications and how nuclear energy is produced. Currently available only in Spanish.

BBC Schools (UK): Radiation and matter / Nuclear reactions
Bite Size Revision section of the BBC Schools website targeting secondary students (ages 16+).

Chart of Nuclides
Interactive chart of nuclides, presented by the National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC).

Control The Nuclear Power Plant (Sweden)
Teaches visually about nuclear power plants, featuring an interactive diagram and a Java applet that allow visitors to simulate controlling the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Espace Jeunes – CEA (France)
Website of the French government-funded technological research organization. Offers a broad spectrum of resources about radioactivity, nuclear energy and nuclear waste: online reports, multimedia/animations, pdf booklets and more. Available only in French.

European Nuclear Society
Offers an exhaustive glossary of nuclear terms that is appropriate for all ages (also available as downloadable PDF file) and an information pool on nuclear topics exploring the energy uses of nuclear power, nuclear power plants, nuclear in the energy mix and generation IV (suitable for high school students).

Foro nuclear (Spain)
Comprehensive website by the Spanish Nuclear Industry Forum, a nonprofit association of Spanish companies involved in the peaceful use of nuclear power. Provides resources including: “Most common questions about nuclear energy,” “Nuclear energy in Spain and in the world,” “Spanish nuclear industry,” “Nuclear technology dictionary English-Spanish,” photo gallery, virtual tours and more. Available in Spanish and English.

Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century: Nuclear Technologies
Contains detailed historical information, timelines and personal essays by key innovators for each of 20 major engineering accomplishments of the 20th century. The section on Nuclear Technologies addresses the historical perspective and the regulatory side of the industry. Recommended for high school students.

Howstuffworks Express: Going Nuclear: How Atomic Science Powers the World Around You
A print and online magazine for middle school students and their parents/teachers.

INSC: Maps of Nuclear Power Reactors
Argonne’s International Nuclear Safety Center (INSC) website features maps of power reactor locations worldwide. Includes information on power reactors only. Experimental reactors and other nuclear facilities are not included. Recommended to high school students and teachers. (Germany)
German information portal for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. A group of resources is also available in English. Includes nuclear energy resources covering nuclear energy basics such as history, safety, nuclear power plants in Germany and in the world, fuel cycle and a glossary. (Germany)
Nuclear Energy Basics for young people with animations. Site only in German language.

MIT OpenCourseWare: Highlights for High School
Provides free, open-source teaching and learning materials to high school teachers and students.

National Nuclear Data Center
The National Nuclear Data Center (NNDC) of Brookhaven National Laboratory collects, evaluates and disseminates nuclear physics data for basic nuclear research and for applied nuclear technologies. Its interactive Chart of Nuclides is an excellent resource tool for high school teachers and students.

Nuclear Energy Institute – Science Club
Website maintained by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). The site features resources for students and teachers, including animations that explain the fundamental principles of nuclear energy.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission: Students’ Corner
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Topics discussed include: “What is nuclear energy?”, nuclear reactors, radiation, security, radioactive waste and more. Resources for teachers are also available. (European Commission)
A nuclear science website developed at the Institute for Transuranium Elements (European Commission) for students and professionals. Provides web-based applications—dosimetry and shielding, etc. Offers free educational resources suitable for high school students. (Australia)
Information about nuclear power by a group of physicists from the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne in Australia. The information level is appropriate for high school students.

Particle Adventure
An interactive tour of quarks, neurotinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators and particle detectors. Site is available in several languages and is presented by the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

¿Qué es la energía nuclear? (Argentina)
Educational section of the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina (CNEA) website. Available only in Spanish.

RSC Electronic Databook (UK)
Website aimed at secondary science students ages 11-16 and post-16 chemistry students and teachers. Databases that can be searched for a wide range of properties of elements and compounds, The site also includes important tools for physics such as emission line spectra and radioactive decay series. (UK)
This is a website for both students and teachers of physics, whether studied as a single subject or as part of a combined science course.

Sellafield Ltd. : Succeeding with Science (UK)
This website is part of the Succeeding With Science education program supported by Sellafield Ltd. (on behalf of the British Nuclear Decommissioning Authority). This site is primarily for teachers (“produced for teachers by teachers”).

SFEN (France) Société Française d’Energie Nucléaire (the French nuclear energy society)
Available only in French.

The Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab)
This is a DOE-funded lab located in Virginia conducting basic research of the atom’s nucleus at the quark level. The Science Education website provides resources for students and educators: lesson plans, hands-on activities, worksheets and reference materials. Games and puzzles are also available. The information level is suitable for high school students.

Virtual Nuclear Tourist
Virtual tours of nuclear power plants around the world.

World Nuclear Association
Provides information on the environmental and human case for nuclear power and how it works. Also features an in-depth discussion on nuclear technology and the industry.

Oil and Gas

A Young Person’s Guide to Oil and Gas Energy Institute
Covers the basics, from how oil and gas are to the refining and delivery of gasoline, with drawings and clear explanations.

Adventures in Energy American Petroleum Institute
Provides a talking, animated explanation of the oil and gas industry, with information about all the things made from oil and gas [Flash plug-in required].

EIA Report on Demand US Energy Information Administration
Provides text description and statistics on global oil consumption and US oil consumption by product and region.

For Kids: Petroville Oklahoma Energy Resources Board
Contests, games and science fair projects, in addition to well safety.

Glossary of Terms Society of Petroleum Engineers
Confused by oil and gas terminology? Find definitions and links to other glossaries that can enhance your understanding.

How Oil Drilling Works
Describes drilling in nontechnical terminology and includes graphics to explain processes and industry terms.

Industry Statistics Society of Petroleum Engineers
Here’s where to look for different types of oil and gas industry statistics.

Learning About Fossil Fuels US Department of Energy
Provides good explanations of coal, oil and gas (the history, how they are produced, usage, etc.) and includes a section called “Looking Down an Oil Well.”

Oil Market Basics US Energy Information Administration
Explains all segments of oil markets, from drilling and production to transportation, refining and stocks, plus discusses prices with links to illustrations, charts and graphs.

What’s the Story on Oil Spills? National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Explains oil spills and cleanup in terms children can relate to and understand.

Unit Conversion Factors Society of Petroleum Engineers
Need to compare numbers in different units or convert a statistic to a familiar unit? This section can help.

Solar Energy

American Solar Energy Society
Offers general information on solar energy using text and resources for educators.

International Solar Energy Society
Describes information on scientific and technical projects for solar energy held by this society.

Solar Energy Solar Energy International
Provides links to energy websites for kids.


Alternative Energy Institute
West Texas A&M University’s institute website offers data about wind energy and research. Appropriate for high school students.

American Wind Energy Association
Information on the national trade association for the wind energy industry.

Energy Kids Page
Information on the history of wind power and how it is harnessed.

European Wind Energy Association
Discusses the importance of wind energy as an alternative resource in today’s world.

Carbon Capture

Carbon Capture and Storage Wikipedia
General information on the carbon capture process with links for more detailed information.

CO2 Capture Project The CO2 Capture Project
Includes information on project activities, an introduction to CO2 capture technology, an extensive publications database, and a media and resources page including links to FAQs, non-technical reports, an image library and a glossary of CO2 capture terms.

How Carbon Capture Works How Stuff Works
Details on the carbon capture process including trapping technology, transportation and storage in easy-to-understand terms.

Proposed CCS Storage Locations Scottish Centre for Carbon Storage
An interactive map showing commercially significant CCS sites (planned or operational) around the globe.

What is Carbon Capture and Storeage? UK ERC
An introduction to carbon capture and storage from the UK perspective.

Climate Change

Greenhouse gas emissions US Environmental Protection Agency
Explains the four principle greenhouse gases that enter the atmosphere because of human activity, as well as greenhouse gas inventories, emission trends, and projections

Climate change American Petroleum Institute
Discusses how the oil and gas industry have responded to concerns about greenhouse gases and provides specific details on what individual oil and gas companies are doing to combat the greenhouse effect

The GHG Protocol Initiative World Resources Institute
Provides information to help businesses manage their greenhouse gas emissions

IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme International Energy Agency
Gives information from an international research collaboration that assesses technologies capable of achieving significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions

Suppliers who reduce emissions Greentie
Provides an international directory of suppliers compiled 1995 to 2005, whose technologies and services help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate change, energy efficiency and renewables Chevron
Summarizes Chevron’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Academy of Energy Education National Energy Foundation
Focuses on energy efficiency and uses games, puzzles and contests to engage students, plus teaching resources.

Energy Chest
Offers an entertaining and interactive way for children ages 8-14 to learn about energy efficiency.

Energy Sustainability

Energy and the environment US Environmental Protection Agency
Details what the EPA is doing to promote efficient and sustainable energy use

Energy for sustainability National Science Foundation
Discusses programs in support of fundamental research and education in energy production, conversion, and storage, focusing on energy sources that are environmentally friendly and renewable

Energy sustainability and security InterAcademy Council
Presents key problems and challenges of energy sustainability and security, as well as ideas for solutions

Energy sustainability World Energy Council
Discusses the basic economic, technological and environmental awareness resources needed to respond to the challenges of energy sustainability

Sustainability New South Wales Department of Energy, Utilities and Sustainability
Offers information on policies, reforms, and programs that ensure energy and urban water is sustainable, competitive, efficient, affordable, safe and reliable

Sustainable development report ConocoPhillips
Details ConocoPhillips’ environmental and social performance including health and safety, economic contributions, technology use, and accountability for energy sustainability

General Science

Energized Learning US Department of Energy Laboratories
Provides lessons and activities focused on specific skills and concepts students are expected to learn in science, mathematics, economics, social sciences and political science classes.

Minerals and Their Uses Mineral Information Institute
Photos with summary of information on all minerals.

Newton’s Apple Twin Cities Public Television
Offers video clips and text on a variety of science topics geared towards kids, plus ideas for activities, science projects and teaching resources.

NEWTON “Ask a Scientist” Argonne National Laboratory’s Division of Educational Programs provides “Ask A Scientist” to answer questions from K-12 students and teachers that are not commonly found in libraries, reference books or textbooks. The questions are answered by experts.

Unit conversion factors
Need to compare numbers in different units or convert a statistic to a familiar unit? This section can help. (UK) Mark Winter, The University of Sheffield and WebElements Ltd., UK
Features an interactive periodic table with extensive information about elements and compounds, history and uses, data on simple compounds, electronic properties, physical properties, crystallography and nuclear properties.

Science Fair Projects

Dr. Shawn’s Super Science Fair Resource Bright Science
Dr. Shawn’s “cheap and easy” science experiments, science tips on every page and championship science projects.

Science Buddies Kenneth Lafferty Hess Family Charitable Foundation
Resource for science fair project ideas, guidelines and tools, with links to competitions and teachers’ resources.

Science Fair DragonflyTV on PBS
Includes instructions for experiments, games, message boards and a section for parents and teachers.

Science Fair Center
Provides links to general science fair sites and resource guides by subject and grade level.

Science Fair Central Discovery Education
Offers lesson plans, teaching guide for setting up a science fair and teaching tools, as well as just-for-fun experiments, tip sheets for each scientific category and study starters.

Science Fair Projects
Search to find a wide range of science projects for all grade levels.

Science Fair Project Resource Guide Kidspace @ The Internet Public Library
Provides a step-by-step online resource guide to choosing, completing and displaying a science project.

Science Fairs Eastern Newfoundland Science Fairs Council
Ideas are categorized by grade level, with links to science fairs throughout Canada. Science Project Corporation
Find science projects by grade level or subject; more than 500 projects are available with membership.

The Original Science Fair Blueprints Terimore Insititute
Step-by-step guidelines for completing a science fair project.

You and Your Science Fair Project: For Teachers, Students, and Parents InformED 
Timeline of getting started, presentation tips, and parents’ roles in projects


Museums outside the United States

Brunei Oil and Gas Discovery Centre
F20,Seria (opposite Seria Town)
Brunei Shell Petroleum Co. Sdn. Bhd.
Seria, KB 3534, Brunei Darussalam

Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre
Site of Leduc #1, Canada’s First Major Discovery
Between Calgary and Edmonton
Devon, Alberta, Canada

Deutsches Museum
80306 Munchen

Indonesian Oil and Gas Museum
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah
Jalan Raya Taman Mini
Jakarta, Indonesia

Le Musee Francais du Petrole
4, rue de l’ecole
67250 Merkwiller
Pechelbronn, Alsace

Museo Nacional del Petroleo

National Gas Museum
195 Ayelstone Road
Leicester, England LE2 7QH

Norwegian Petroleum Museum
P.O. 748
N-4001 Stavanger, Norway


United States Museums

Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
3853 Smackover Highway
Smackover, AR 71762

California Oil Museum
1001 East Main St.
PO Box 48
Santa Paula, CA 93060

Chicago Museum of Science and Industry-Petroleum Planet
57th St. and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Drake Well Museum
202 Museum Lane
Titusville, PA 16354

East Texas Oil Museum
Highway 259 at Ross St.
Kilgore, TX 75662

Healdton Oil Museum
315 East Main St.
Healdton, OK 73438

Houston Museum of Natural Science
Wiess Energy Hall
One Herman Circle Drive
Houston, TX 77030

International Petroleum Museum and Exposition
P.O. Box 1988
Morgan City, LA 70381

Illinois Oil Field Museum and Resource Center
Oblong, IL

Kansas Oil Museum
P.O. Box 696
383 E. Central
El Dorado, KS 67042

Kern County Museum
Black Gold: The Oil Experience
3801 Chester Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum
2002 Wharf C (Pier 19)
20th St. and Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX 77550

Oil and Gas Museum
119 Third St.
P.O. Box 1685
Parkersburg, WV 26101

Oil Patch Museum
P.O. Box 245
1-70 and US 281
Russell, KS 67665

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum-Petroleum
2503 Fourth Ave.
Canyon, TX 79016

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
1500 Interstate 20 West
Midland, TX 79701

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum
Lamar University
P.O. Box 10070
Beaumont, TX 77710

Texas Energy Museum
600 Main St.
Beaumont, TX 77701

West Kern Oil Museum
P.O. Box 491
Taft, CA 93268