Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future

Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future

In Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future, readers ages 9 to 12 learn how we are going to power our world tomorrow, in 20 years, and even in 50 years—with a range of renewable energy sources that include solar, biofuel, geothermal, and fluid energy!

  • Children are exposed to evidence of renewable energy use when they see solar farms, wind turbines, and dams.
  • Climate change is a high-interest topic children encounter through television, radio, and popular culture.
  • Activities developed in conjunction with NEED.org, encouraging students to explore, experiment, and engage, and encouraging teachers to embrace student leadership in the classroom. NEED trains and assists teachers in harnessing the energy of the classroom – the energy of students.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $17.95
  • Hardcover, $22.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL T

Subjects

  • Earth/Space Science
  • Environmental Science
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
   

Illustrator
Heather Jane Brinesh 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • 4-color interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Charts
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619303607
  • Hardcover, 9781619303560

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In Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future, readers ages 9 to 12 learn how we are going to power our world tomorrow, in 20 years, and even in 50 years—with a range of renewable energy sources that include solar, biofuel, geothermal, and fluid energy!

  • Children are exposed to evidence of renewable energy use when they see solar farms, wind turbines, and dams.
  • Climate change is a high-interest topic children encounter through television, radio, and popular culture.
  • Activities developed in conjunction with NEED.org, encouraging students to explore, experiment, and engage, and encouraging teachers to embrace student leadership in the classroom. NEED trains and assists teachers in harnessing the energy of the classroom – the energy of students.

Reviews

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA Recommends)
“. . . Renewable Energy begins with a brief history and descriptions of both fossil fuels and renewable energies. Each chapter delivers loads of usable information about each type of renewable energy. There are associated vocabulary and definitions for each topic. You learn about jobs associated with each industry. There are suggested ways to reduce the use of that type of energy in your everyday life. There are links to additional online information. There are simple activities that help to build an understanding of how each type of energy works. Each activity is followed by a suggestion to take it further. The authors balance the positives for the renewable energy with a discussion of the“trade–offs”. The book would work as an introduction to renewable energy for children in grades 4–7.”

Booklist
“The amazing potential of the resources all around us—they often come in the form of sunshine, wind, and geothermal heat—take center stage in this project-based STEAM resource from the Build it Yourself series. The book is an exciting read, not just because of the future potential for alternative energy sources, but also because of the existent, real-world success stories of wind farms, hydroelectric dams, and solar panels. Potential career paths for future scientists are discussed, while easy experiments encourage reflection about readers’ own consumption of energy and the size of their carbon footprints. Designed to engage, the book presents the advantages and disadvantages of a host of different energy sources and asks readers to weigh evidence and make informed decisions about which source might be best. Links to online sources couple with essential questions and writing prompts about a range of interdisciplinary topics to make this book a quality choice for both the classroom and pleasure reading.”

Michael Stone, Author of Oh, That’s Education?, Cofounder of devX Teacher PD, and Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation
“This book delivers deep insights on renewable energy in a way that is dynamic and informative. Even better? It also offers ready-to-implement, inquiry-based activities that are sure to captivate, educate, and energize students. Best of all, the book sheds light on the fact that the “fuels of the future” are already here, intertwined in our every day life. It helps readers see not only what is possible, but what already is!”

Emily Hawbaker, Curriculum Director, The NEED Project
“This fun book takes a “buzz word” students may hear about on the news and makes it an accessible topic for students and young learners through hands-on activities and literacy connections . . . ”

Connie Hamner Williams, National Board-certified Teacher; Librarian
“The use of inquiry and the scientific journal as tools for documenting investigations, observations, and reflection is excellent practice for all kinds of research. Each investigation takes kids to the core of the energy source to help them figure out where it comes from, how it is captured, and how it can best be used.”

Austin Brown, Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Senior Policy Analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology
“Energy is a hidden but important part of all of our lives, and can be a very daunting topic to study. This book shows how learning about energy and the fight against climate change can be interesting, inspiring, and educational instead. An aspiring scientist or engineer will enjoy the hands-on activities and any student can use the text to explore the role of renewable energy in its various forms in our future.”

Carol Homrighouse, Science Teacher
“This is a must-have for teachers and students! The book, through its relevant, current, andage-appropriate information and activities, gives students the tools needed to make responsible, educated choices that will impact their lives and affect the future of our planet.”

Brian F. Keane, President, SmartPower; Author of Green Is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit from Clean Energy
“Renewable energy is real. It’s here. And it’s working. This how-to guide makes it fun and exiting! It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to become truly energy smart!”

Minda Berbeco, PhD, Programs and Policy Director, National Center for Science Education
“This book takes students down a thoughtful and clever path to understand the mechanics of where energy comes from and the trade-offs associated with any energy source.”

Praise for other books by Josh Sneideman and Erin Twamley:

Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth with 25 Projects

School Library Journal
“This installment of the well-known series encourages students to examine the timely subject of climate change . . . The book’s energetic and enthusiastic approach is its strength. There are numerous sidebars, supplemental digital materials, and some solid hands-on projects, including how to make a telescope, a solar cooker, and an apple battery. The text and activities work together to remind students that the future is in their hands and they can be a part of the solution. A welcome addition.”

Amazon #1 Hot New Release in Children’s Earth Science Books

Booklist
“Comparing Earth to a spaceship that relies on fresh water and clean air, this title in the Build It Yourself series focuses on how the planet’s systems have become unbalanced, creating a climate change. . . chapters consider the numerous ways scientists can study climate change, inventions designed to restore Earth to its proper balance, and simple initiatives all humans can take in their own neighborhoods. Readers can explore these concepts in more depth through 25 accompanying activities, many of which highlight the scientific method. . . This hands-on approach will get students thinking about their own impact on climate change.”

Erica Daniels Champions Before and After School Programs
“ . . . Definitely one of the most interactive science texts geared towards middle-school students available. . . . Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth with 25 Projects is a comprehensive, engaging, project-based book that would deepen the interest in and understanding of science for any young reader in today’s modern, technology-driven culture.”

Anne Leonardi, Site Director, Market Mentor, Quality Achievement Award Winner, 2014 Knowledge Universe
“. . . Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth is a must have for teaching environmental awareness and responsibility for young passengers on “Spaceship Earth.” Authors Joshua Sneideman and Erin Twamley have created a comprehensive, engaging and approachable text that will maintain interest as it introduces and integrates STEM activities. I am excited to bring this exceptional resource to my afterschool program where it will be integral in achieving our STEM objectives.”

Mark Partridge, Ph.D., Associate in Research, Florida State University
“Student engagement and learning in activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is of critical importance as we must encourage our students to pursue these fields later in life. Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth provides just the right amount of hands on student engagement relating to issues that are of critical importance in STEM fields. Students and teachers will love this text!”

Mark McCaffrey, Program and Policy Director, National Center for Science Education
“This graphically rich and friendly overview of climate change science includes an emphasis on how scientists know what they know about climate in general and human impacts on the climate system in particular.”

Michael Arquin, Director & Founder, KidWind Project
“This comprehensive book for young students will be a useful resource for KidWind as we help teachers define the role that renewable energy can play in helping combat climate change. I love how it weaves a narrative of how our planet arrived at this place in our climate history and how we understand what is happening.”

The NEED Project (National Energy Education Development)
“An excellent resource for helping students understand climate science and the basics of climate change. It supports critical thinking and inquiry processes and encourages interaction with primary sources.”

J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director, Minnesota-based Fresh Energy
“With an engaging set of project-based STEM activities aligned with the scientific vocabulary, this book helps bring climate change to life. Students will learn how innovation and problem-solving can help shape the future.”

Michael Leifer, President & Co-Founder, Ecodads
“Bravo to the authors, who have taken the hard-to-articulate and difficult-to comprehend topic of climate change and translated it into a fun, experiential, and easy-to-digest exploration.”

Melinda Higgins, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow 2013–2014.
“I love that students are encouraged to be part of the solution!”

Praise for other titles in the Build It Yourself series:

Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out

2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award, Nature and Ecology

National Science Teachers Association
“Is it time for your students to go GAGA? They’ll learn Garbage Awareness and (conclude that) Garbage is Awesome when reading and discovering the amazing investigations in this book.”

Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself

2008 Parent’s Choice Foundation Recommended

National Science Teachers Association
“This delightful and informative guide to the natural world is sure to captivate the attention of young readers. This book would be useful for leaders of enrichment groups, youth groups, scouts, and budding scientists and their families.”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Burning Fossil Fuels

Burning fossil fuels releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere. Large quantities of carbon dioxide are linked to global climate change. Humans release on average annually about 64 trillion pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That is like releasing 3.2 trillion watermelons into the sky every year. Since greenhouse gases are invisible, colorless, and odorless, we can’t see the impact. Compare that with renewable energy sources such as, wind, water and solar, which release no gases into the air. Which do you think is better for our planet? Observe first hand what burning a paraffin wax candle puts into the air. Paraffin wax is made from petroleum, which is a fossil fuel.

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Author-Illustrator

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Erin Twamley

Erin Twamley is an educator and energy education specialist. She has led energy literacy efforts for US Department of Energy and provided STEM opportunities for children. She loves to travel the world and currently lives in Seoul, South Korea.


Joshua Sneideman

Joshua Sneideman is an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow with 10 years experience as a middle school science teacher. He founded ECO International, an intercollegiate Environmental Congress to help Costa Rican high schools develop environmental community action plans. Joshua lives in Arlington, Virginia.


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Heather Jane Brinesh

Heather Brinesh holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. At Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, she studied art, as well as English and Chinese literature. She currently serves as the lead artist for an independently-published serial. She also teaches art and humanities at Marin Montessori Junior High. She lives in in Berkeley, California.


Nomad Press Titles Illustrated by Heather

More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: T
Subjects: Earth/Space Science, Environmental Science, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 4-color interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA Recommends)
“. . . Renewable Energy begins with a brief history and descriptions of both fossil fuels and renewable energies. Each chapter delivers loads of usable information about each type of renewable energy. There are associated vocabulary and definitions for each topic. You learn about jobs associated with each industry. There are suggested ways to reduce the use of that type of energy in your everyday life. There are links to additional online information. There are simple activities that help to build an understanding of how each type of energy works. Each activity is followed by a suggestion to take it further. The authors balance the positives for the renewable energy with a discussion of the“trade–offs”. The book would work as an introduction to renewable energy for children in grades 4–7.”

Booklist
“The amazing potential of the resources all around us—they often come in the form of sunshine, wind, and geothermal heat—take center stage in this project-based STEAM resource from the Build it Yourself series. The book is an exciting read, not just because of the future potential for alternative energy sources, but also because of the existent, real-world success stories of wind farms, hydroelectric dams, and solar panels. Potential career paths for future scientists are discussed, while easy experiments encourage reflection about readers’ own consumption of energy and the size of their carbon footprints. Designed to engage, the book presents the advantages and disadvantages of a host of different energy sources and asks readers to weigh evidence and make informed decisions about which source might be best. Links to online sources couple with essential questions and writing prompts about a range of interdisciplinary topics to make this book a quality choice for both the classroom and pleasure reading.”

Michael Stone, Author of Oh, That’s Education?, Cofounder of devX Teacher PD, and Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation
“This book delivers deep insights on renewable energy in a way that is dynamic and informative. Even better? It also offers ready-to-implement, inquiry-based activities that are sure to captivate, educate, and energize students. Best of all, the book sheds light on the fact that the “fuels of the future” are already here, intertwined in our every day life. It helps readers see not only what is possible, but what already is!”

Emily Hawbaker, Curriculum Director, The NEED Project
“This fun book takes a “buzz word” students may hear about on the news and makes it an accessible topic for students and young learners through hands-on activities and literacy connections . . . ”

Connie Hamner Williams, National Board-certified Teacher; Librarian
“The use of inquiry and the scientific journal as tools for documenting investigations, observations, and reflection is excellent practice for all kinds of research. Each investigation takes kids to the core of the energy source to help them figure out where it comes from, how it is captured, and how it can best be used.”

Austin Brown, Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Senior Policy Analyst, White House Office of Science and Technology
“Energy is a hidden but important part of all of our lives, and can be a very daunting topic to study. This book shows how learning about energy and the fight against climate change can be interesting, inspiring, and educational instead. An aspiring scientist or engineer will enjoy the hands-on activities and any student can use the text to explore the role of renewable energy in its various forms in our future.”

Carol Homrighouse, Science Teacher
“This is a must-have for teachers and students! The book, through its relevant, current, andage-appropriate information and activities, gives students the tools needed to make responsible, educated choices that will impact their lives and affect the future of our planet.”

Brian F. Keane, President, SmartPower; Author of Green Is Good: Save Money, Make Money, and Help Your Community Profit from Clean Energy
“Renewable energy is real. It’s here. And it’s working. This how-to guide makes it fun and exiting! It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to become truly energy smart!”

Minda Berbeco, PhD, Programs and Policy Director, National Center for Science Education
“This book takes students down a thoughtful and clever path to understand the mechanics of where energy comes from and the trade-offs associated with any energy source.”

Praise for other books by Josh Sneideman and Erin Twamley:

Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth with 25 Projects

School Library Journal
“This installment of the well-known series encourages students to examine the timely subject of climate change . . . The book’s energetic and enthusiastic approach is its strength. There are numerous sidebars, supplemental digital materials, and some solid hands-on projects, including how to make a telescope, a solar cooker, and an apple battery. The text and activities work together to remind students that the future is in their hands and they can be a part of the solution. A welcome addition.”

Amazon #1 Hot New Release in Children’s Earth Science Books

Booklist
“Comparing Earth to a spaceship that relies on fresh water and clean air, this title in the Build It Yourself series focuses on how the planet’s systems have become unbalanced, creating a climate change. . . chapters consider the numerous ways scientists can study climate change, inventions designed to restore Earth to its proper balance, and simple initiatives all humans can take in their own neighborhoods. Readers can explore these concepts in more depth through 25 accompanying activities, many of which highlight the scientific method. . . This hands-on approach will get students thinking about their own impact on climate change.”

Erica Daniels Champions Before and After School Programs
“ . . . Definitely one of the most interactive science texts geared towards middle-school students available. . . . Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth with 25 Projects is a comprehensive, engaging, project-based book that would deepen the interest in and understanding of science for any young reader in today’s modern, technology-driven culture.”

Anne Leonardi, Site Director, Market Mentor, Quality Achievement Award Winner, 2014 Knowledge Universe
“. . . Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth is a must have for teaching environmental awareness and responsibility for young passengers on “Spaceship Earth.” Authors Joshua Sneideman and Erin Twamley have created a comprehensive, engaging and approachable text that will maintain interest as it introduces and integrates STEM activities. I am excited to bring this exceptional resource to my afterschool program where it will be integral in achieving our STEM objectives.”

Mark Partridge, Ph.D., Associate in Research, Florida State University
“Student engagement and learning in activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is of critical importance as we must encourage our students to pursue these fields later in life. Climate Change: Discover How It Impacts Spaceship Earth provides just the right amount of hands on student engagement relating to issues that are of critical importance in STEM fields. Students and teachers will love this text!”

Mark McCaffrey, Program and Policy Director, National Center for Science Education
“This graphically rich and friendly overview of climate change science includes an emphasis on how scientists know what they know about climate in general and human impacts on the climate system in particular.”

Michael Arquin, Director & Founder, KidWind Project
“This comprehensive book for young students will be a useful resource for KidWind as we help teachers define the role that renewable energy can play in helping combat climate change. I love how it weaves a narrative of how our planet arrived at this place in our climate history and how we understand what is happening.”

The NEED Project (National Energy Education Development)
“An excellent resource for helping students understand climate science and the basics of climate change. It supports critical thinking and inquiry processes and encourages interaction with primary sources.”

J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director, Minnesota-based Fresh Energy
“With an engaging set of project-based STEM activities aligned with the scientific vocabulary, this book helps bring climate change to life. Students will learn how innovation and problem-solving can help shape the future.”

Michael Leifer, President & Co-Founder, Ecodads
“Bravo to the authors, who have taken the hard-to-articulate and difficult-to comprehend topic of climate change and translated it into a fun, experiential, and easy-to-digest exploration.”

Melinda Higgins, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow 2013–2014.
“I love that students are encouraged to be part of the solution!”

Praise for other titles in the Build It Yourself series:

Garbage: Investigate What Happens When You Throw It Out

2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award, Nature and Ecology

National Science Teachers Association
“Is it time for your students to go GAGA? They’ll learn Garbage Awareness and (conclude that) Garbage is Awesome when reading and discovering the amazing investigations in this book.”

Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself

2008 Parent’s Choice Foundation Recommended

National Science Teachers Association
“This delightful and informative guide to the natural world is sure to captivate the attention of young readers. This book would be useful for leaders of enrichment groups, youth groups, scouts, and budding scientists and their families.”


Projects

project image

Burning Fossil Fuels

Burning fossil fuels releases large amounts of carbon dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere. Large quantities of carbon dioxide are linked to global climate change. Humans release on average annually about 64 trillion pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That is like releasing 3.2 trillion watermelons into the sky every year. Since greenhouse gases are invisible, colorless, and odorless, we can’t see the impact. Compare that with renewable energy sources such as, wind, water and solar, which release no gases into the air. Which do you think is better for our planet? Observe first hand what burning a paraffin wax candle puts into the air. Paraffin wax is made from petroleum, which is a fossil fuel.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

author image

Erin Twamley

Erin Twamley is an educator and energy education specialist. She has led energy literacy efforts for US Department of Energy and provided STEM opportunities for children. She loves to travel the world and currently lives in Seoul, South Korea.

Joshua Sneideman

Joshua Sneideman is an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow with 10 years experience as a middle school science teacher. He founded ECO International, an intercollegiate Environmental Congress to help Costa Rican high schools develop environmental community action plans. Joshua lives in Arlington, Virginia.

author image

Heather Jane Brinesh

Heather Brinesh holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. At Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, she studied art, as well as English and Chinese literature. She currently serves as the lead artist for an independently-published serial. She also teaches art and humanities at Marin Montessori Junior High. She lives in in Berkeley, California.

Nomad Press Titles Illustrated by Heather