Youth Energy Education

CEE's TOLBY® program (for "turn off lights behind you") is a free interactive youth energy efficiency education resource for grades 1 through 5. The program features a 40-minute, in-class visit with optional supporting activities, and aligns with Minnesota State Science Standards.
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A TOLBY visit is:

TOLBY at CEE

  • About 40 minutes long
  • Good for at least 10 students, with no maximum.
  • Appropriate for grades 1 to 5.
  • Self-sufficient, no need for technology or equipment.
  • Detailed more thoroughly in our Visit FAQs (PDF).
We also offer optional pre- and post-visit activities to help students develop a more complete understanding of the content.


Students learn about:

  • Energy basics, such as kinetic and potential energy, electricity sources, electricity use, and conservation actions.
  • Types of energy (eg, light, heat, growth).
  • Sources of electricity, and percentage of use.
  • How fossil fuels are made, with a focus on coal.
  • Transmission of electricity to our homes.
  • The value of reducing electricity.
  • Simple energy conservation actions to do at home and school

Related links

 
TOLBY Resource Packet, including pre- and post-visit resources


TOLBY-related activities


Help Tolby Recycle (coloring page) 
Turn Off Lights Behind You (coloring page)
TOLBY! (coloring page)
Home Light Bulb Inventory
Energy Saving Pledge
Home Energy Hunt
Morning Routine Energy Audit
TOLBY Word Search for Savings
 

Contact

Katie Traub
ktraub@mncee.org 
612-328-6225