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April 09, 2014

We're Data Jammin': Building Interactive Educational Materials to Teach Energy

In an increasingly digital world of mobile apps, internet games, and social media, it can be difficult to keep students focused on education—especially when lessons often come in the form of printed textbook pages. But what if we could transform this old-school learning experience into a visually engaging, interactive, and intellectually stimulating activity?

To help address this, the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, along with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory hosted an Energy Education Data Jam on March 27 to advance innovative education tools and applications that improve energy literacy in the United States.

More than 60 participants, including educators from schools and universities throughout the country, data and code gurus, and energy experts from the Energy Department and the Energy Information Administration, brainstormed and created proofs of concepts related to visualizations, games, and web-based tools using energy education data. For the complete story, see the EERE Blog.