Bite Size Research

Want to learn about energy but don't have much time? Check out these talks where graduate students will share their work in under 10 minutes using understandable language. Many videos will be accompanied with learning extension worksheets for various grades.

How Do We Drive Cars Using Plants? By Yueh-Hao Ronny Hung

Microbes, Small But Important Problem Solvers by Mariah Hermary

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Energy At Home

Learn about different energy topics, from land reclamation to wind power to vehicles and more, followed by hands on games, activities and crafts. These activities are particularly well-suited for younger audiences.

Activity 11: Balloon Powered Car

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Activity 10: Energy From The Sun

Activity 9: Cooking With The Sun

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Ask An Energy Expert

Have a burning question about energy? Our past, present or energy future? Submit your questions and we will film experts responding. Please note that, due to availability, it may not be possible for all questions to be answered!

Click here to Submit a Question

What Is Shale Gas And How Does It Differ From Oil Sands?

with Dr. Juliana Leung

What Can I Do In My Community To Reduce My Carbon Footprint?

with Post-Doctoral Fellow Neelakshi Joshi, PhD

Click below to see experts answer other energy questions!

Dr. Arman Hemmati

Kashif Javed, PhD Candidate

Marina Lazic, PhD student

Harshadeep Kukkikatte, MSc Student


With libraries and schools closed, many of us are missing storytime, so Future Energy Systems team members will read stories related to the environment or energy. Many of the stories will be accompanied with learning extension worksheets for various students at various grade levels.

Because Of An Acorn By Lola M Schaefer And Adam Schaefer

Read with permission from Chronicle Books under their COVID guidelines.

Check out these extension activities to further explore and the info from the end of the book:

Secret Engineer by Rachel Dougherty

Read with permission from Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan Publishers) under their COVID guidelines.

Check out these extension activities to further explore and the info from the end of the book:

Additional Stories:

Additional Stories:

Due to copyright requirements from the publishers, the following videos are only available to people who sign up for notifications.

  • Switch On, Switch Off By Melvin Berger (HarperCollins)
  • Running On Sunshine By Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano (HarperCollins)
  • The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer (Dial Books)
  • What’s So Bad About Gasoline? By Anne Rockwell (HarperCollins)
  • The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip by Joanna Cole (Scholastic Inc.)
  • Energy Makes Things Happen By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (HarperCollins)
  • Who Needs an Iceberg? By Karen Patkau (Tundra Books/Random House)
  • The Lorax, Dr. Seuss (Random House)

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Explore A Lab

We may not be able to go outside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explore U of A’s exciting labs. Take a tour of a lab or guess what complex questions are being studied in some of our facilities, and then find out if you're right directly from our researchers.

Lab Tour 3: Can Spinning Store Energy? Let’s Explore Flywheels

Lab Tour 2: Using Heat To Make Power With Stirling Engines

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Take a minute or two and explore Future Energy Systems newsworthy stories about essential collaborations, groundbreaking research and more. Introductory videos explain research concepts, while feature articles bring you up to date with the latest developments!

Can We Engage Stakeholders Without Sacrificing Science In Wetland Design?

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Does Taxing Oil And Gas Operators Save Caribou?

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Past Newsworthy Stories:

Wireless Sensors to Monitor SAGD Reservoirs
Video: Wireless Sensors to Monitor SAGD Reservoirs
Story: Wireless Sensors, Wireless Power

Using Machine Learning to make better solar panels
Video: Affordable solar energy: coming soon to everyone
Story: Machine learning, and how it helps make discoveries much more quickly

Developing smart grids for renewable energy
Video: Powering new smart grid technologies
Story: New technology will help natural gas producers sell electricity to the grid