Hawkeye Power for Educators

Hawkeye Power: Clean Energy for Iowans

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In this exhibit, students are introduced to renewable biofuels, energy efficiency science, and wind power. This exhibit was co-developed by staff from the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, IIHR - Hydroscience and Engineering, Department of Engineering, and the Office of Sustainability, and based on researched funded Iowa's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The Extended Activities were created by students in the University of Iowa College of Education under the direction of the exhibit partners and Dr. Leslie Flynn, a clinical associate professor in Science Education, administrator of STEM initiatives at the College of Education’s Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, and project leader for the K-12 STEM Innovation Institute.

Extended Activities

We are excited to share this collection of activities and lessons created by science education students in the University of Iowa College of Education. This project was a component of the STEM Innovator course, which is a partnership between the University of Iowa College of Education and the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship. The students collaborated with industry partners including the Hawkeye Power exhibit partners, K-12 educators, and the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa to create and pilot these lessons! There are

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activities for both in the classroom and in the Mobile Museum. Please schedule extra time accordingly if you wish to have your students do the Mobile Museum scavenger hunt.

PDF iconDownload the entire Hawkeye Power curriculum here or select an individual activity below. While students will benefit from visiting the Mobile Museum, lessons marked with an asterisk (*) can be taught without students experiencing the exhibit.


Hawkeye Power: Combined Exhibit Activities

Below are activities that combine and highlight information from all three components of the Hawkeye Power exhibit.

*Mobile Museum Discussion Presentation PDF iconTeacher Guide FilePowerPoint Slides for Classroom
Hawkeye Power Scavenger Hunt (Grades K-2) PDF iconTeacher Guide/Answer Key PDF iconStudent Worksheet
Hawkeye Power Scavenger Hunt (Grades 3-5) PDF iconTeacher Guide/Answer Key PDF iconStudent Worksheet
Hawkeye Power Crossword Puzzle (Grades 6-8) PDF iconTeacher Guide/Answer Key PDF iconWorksheet

Wind Energy

*Wind Turbine: Best Blade Design (Grades 3-12) PDF iconTeacher Guide PDF iconStudent Instructions/Worksheet NGSS: Energy (4-PS3-1; 4-PS3-4; HS-PS3-3), Earth and Human Activity (4-ESS3-1; HS-ESS3-4), Engineering Design (3-5-ETS1-1; 3-5-ETS1-2; 3-5-ETS1-3; MS-ETS1-2; MS-ETS1-3)

Efficient Building Design

*Insulators and Conductors: Which Cup Keeps the Water Warm the Longest? (Grades 3-5) PDF iconTeacher Guide PDF iconStudent Instructions/Worksheet NGSS: Energy (4-PS3-2)


*A Story About the Carbon Cycle (Grades 4-8) PDF iconTeacher Guide PDF iconStudent Instructions/Worksheet NGSS: Earth and Human Activity (4-ESS3-1; 5-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-5)

Meet the Students!

This team of undergraduate and graduate science education students have benefited greatly from the experience of working with their collaborating partners to develop these lesson activities. They would like to thank their key partners and collaborators for their feedback and guidance in the development process. Featured from left to right: Patrick McNicholas, Christina Zinkgraf, Jacob Lanagan, Brigid Ryan, and Nicholas Newcomer.

Science Education students who developed Hawkeye Power curriculum

Authors and Collaborators

Dr. Leslie Flynn, Corresponding author, leslie-flynn@uiowa.edu, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa College of Education 
Jacob Lanagan, Author, student, University of Iowa College of Education 
Patrick McNicholas, Author, student, University of Iowa College of Education 
Nicholas Newcomer, Author, graduate student, University of Iowa College of Education 
Brigid Ryan, Author, student, University of Iowa College of Education 
Christina Zinkgraf, Author, graduate student, University of Iowa College of Education 

Elizabeth Reetz, Director of Education and Outreach, Office of the State Archaeologist 
Dr. Craig Just, Coordinator of College of Engineering Sustainability Programs, Assistant Professor, University of Iowa College Engineering 
Carmen Langel, Director of Development and Communication, IIHR – Hydroscience 
& Engineering 
Jackie Stolze, Lead Communications Specialist, IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering 
Pat Higby, Energy Education Outreach Coordinator, University of Northern Iowa 
Elizabeth Christiansen, Director, University of Iowa Office of Sustainability 
George McCrory, Communications Specialist, University of Iowa Office of Sustainability 

“Working on this project was very beneficial for me. I feel very fortunate to have been able to work with members of the community because it is not an opportunity everyone is given. In doing this project, I saw how important it was to work with the community and therefore the experience I gained from working on this project is something I will take with me into my teaching career. “
                                    -Brigid Ryan

“I had a wonderful experience working on the Mobile Museum. It really provided myself an opportunity to develop skills that I either needed improvement in or had never had the experience of developing. All of the individuals that have worked on this project has had a positive impact on development of my skills. The greatest skill that I was able to develop was learning how to design effective curriculum for students which will assist me in future as I work to become an educator.“
                                    -Patrick McNicholas

"By working with the Mobile Museum, I was able to help produce original lessons and activities that teach kids about what is happening right outside their front door as well as provide insight into current research being done at the University of Iowa. This experience taught me that by working with industry experts in a particular field, students gain knowledge and strategies to apply that knowledge in new and exciting ways."
                                    -Jacob Lanagan

"Original activities that we created will be available to students all over the state of Iowa, and that's exciting! When students do the activities we have created, they are learning about science concepts that directly affect them and the future without even knowing they are learning. Students also gain practical application skills of those concepts when visiting the museum, and application is so important in learning."
                                    -Jacob Lanagan


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