Welcome to RESOURCE

Renewable Energy Systems Opportunity for Unified Research Collaboration and Education

The Renewable Energy Systems Opportunity for Unified Research Collaboration and Education (RESOURCE) program leverages our campus commitment to energy research and partnerships with local Math and Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) elementary and middle schools to develop and demonstrate a reproducible model for Graduate/K-12 research and teaching partnerships.

The RESOURCE program provides one- or two-year fellowships to engineering graduate students working toward the development of sustainable, energy efficient renewable energy technologies including solar, wind, and biofuels. Graduate fellows partner with fifth or sixth grade school teachers to create innovative curriculum and educational tools that promote interest in renewable energy technologies and associated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Fellows and teachers collaborate on communicating STEM subjects to technical and non-technical audiences, leadership, team building, and teaching.

RESOURCE fellows have generated publicly-available lessons and activities on 5 key topics (energy, Newton's laws, electricity and heat) for publication on TeachEngineering. TeachEngineering is a free searchable, online library of engineering based lessons for K-12 supported by National Science Foundation funds. Ten additional lessons and activities on engineering design are being developed for publication in 2015-16.

What is Heat? - Richards, N., Harrold, D., Smith, T., Higgins, B. (2014) 

Keep it Hot! - Richards, N., Harrold, D., Smith, T., Higgins, B. (2014)

What are Newton’s Laws?Anthony, E., Strobel, S. Teter, J. (2014)

What is Electricity? - Jabusch, L. Palermo, A., Heredia, C. (2014)

What is Energy? - Anderson, E., Kessler, J., Zhao, I. (2014)

Contributions to the RESOURCE project are made in the following three key areas

The Principal Investigators are responsible for developing the general direction of the project, ensuring it is fiscally 

sound, and meets its deliverables.

The Graduate Fellows are graduate students at UC Davis who have been funded by the GK-12 project to develop modules about sustainable energy that also meet the needs of the California Content Standards for K-12th grades.

The K-12 teachers have been selected based on their willingness and motivation to participate in this project by assisting the Fellows in the development of their modules, while simultaneously informing them of the real-world constraints of the California K-12 classroom and students.

RESOURCE is comprised of ten elementary and K-8 schools located in the greater Sacramento area.