Waukesha County

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Amazing Renewable Energy*


(Retzer Nature Center and Planetarium fees apply)
Minimum of 15 participants required, Maximum of 50 participants.

This program is about understanding energy sources (renewable and non-renewable) and how we all can minimize negative environmental impact using alternative forms of energy. We will explore the concept of thermal energy transfer and discover how energy from the Earth can be used to help heat and cool buildings (geothermal energy). Students will observe Retzer’s eco-house solar panel to learn how energy from the sun can be used to create electricity. We will explore how recycling and consumer choices save energy and try Retzer’s energy bike to demonstrate the amount of energy used by different types of light bulbs. Finally, we will see the Planetarium show Dynamic Earth that explores the inner workings of Earth’s climate system.

*This is a Community Connections, Impacts & Actions Collaborative Curriculum program hosted by Waukesha County. 


Duration: 150 minutes
Fee: Yes
Offered: School Year
Location options: Retzer Nature Center, Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium located at the Retzer Nature Center


Grade 6-8 program listing