Fabulous Resources for Energy Education

Energy Fundamentals

Electricity is the most widely used form of energy, ranging from miniature batteries in your wristwatch to large arc furnaces for melting steel. It's important to understand electricity's basic principles in order to use it wisely and safely.

Electricity can exist in a number of forms, but the two commonly used forms are:

  • Direct Current which is provided by batteries, wind turbines and solar PV panels
  • Alternating Current which is provided by electric utilities or other power generators through an electrical grid to the sockets of your homes.

F.R.E.E. (Fabulous Resources for Energy Education) connects students and individuals to resources that help them learn more about energy fundamentals. Review our list below of activities and lesson plans available to you!


F.R.E.E. Solar Energy Activities and Lesson Plans

Build your own simple motor - "Stripped-Down Motor" activity: pdf



Introduction to Electricity - Video: YouTube



  Examine the Inside of a Motor and Generator - Video: YouTube



  National Energy Development Project (NEED) - Website