Youth Energy Education

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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 presentation with optional supporting activities, and aligns with Minnesota State Science Standards.

**We are currently offering virtual TOLBY presentations as well as a TOLBY trivia game that can be played with students after the visit. Please contact Katie for more information and to schedule a presentation**

A TOLBY visit is:


  • About 30 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


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