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"Power UP" Provides Energy Education Resources to Teachers and Students


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The University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) and the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments (Vis Center) have developed an iPad app, videos, and a website dedicated to energy education called "Power UP." The app and website are specifically designed for high school teachers throughout the Commonwealth to use in their curriculum, as well as to serve as a resource for students who want to learn more about energy use.

The app and website include a series of seven videos, teaching points, and information about energy topics. Many teachers are using iPads in their classrooms and are excited about using "Power UP" through this new medium.

The short videos (around 2 minutes each) explain these topics in a fun way:

"Today's teenagers will be the future leaders of our state," said Rodney Andrews, director of CAER. "In their lifetimes, they are going to see dramatic changes in our energy infrastructure. Educating them now in a way that they can identify with is the best way to get their attention."

"Power UP" was funded by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet through coal education funds.

CAER researcher Courtney Fisk was principal investigator on the project, working with CO-PI Julie Martinez with the Vis Center, Rodney Andrews, and others from the Vis Center.

"It's important that we begin addressing the energy questions that face our state today," said Martinez. "This project allowed us the exciting opportunity to present key energy facts in a fresh, multimedia format that will prove to be a great resource for Kentucky's high school teachers."

For more information, visit the website at The app can be downloaded for free on iTunes and the videos can be found on the YouTube page.


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