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Are Renewable Energies Profitable? 

with Dr. Arman Hemmati


What Is Energy Made Of?

with Miles Skinner, PhD candidate

Click below to see experts answer other energy questions!

Dr. Juliana Leung

Dr. Arman Hemmati

Post-Doctoral Fellow Neelakshi Joshi, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow Nilusha Welegedara, PhD

Dagem Haddis, PhD candidate

Kashif Javed, PhD Candidate

Miles Skinner, PhD Candidate

Marina Lazic, PhD student

Harshadeep Kukkikatte, MSc Student

Natalia Vergara, MSc Student

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 15: Tree Rings: Understanding The History Of A Tree (Grade 3 and Under Version) 

Click here for the tree activity sheet!

Click here to make your own tree ring!


Activity 14: Tree Rings: Understanding The History Of A Tree (Grade 4 and Up Version)

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Click here to make your own tree ring!

Past Activities:

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 5: Making Biofuels More Cost Effective

Lab Tour 4: Cleaning Up Heavy Metals Using Carbon Based Materials

Previous Tours:

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.

Modelling The Whole World! Integrated Assessment With GCAM by Dr. Evan Davies

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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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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