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7g Desha, C., Hargroves, K., Smith, M. and Stasinopoulos, P. (2008) Sustainability Education for High Schools: Year 10-12 - Subject Supplements, The Natural Edge Project, Australia.

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In our experience , teachers are looking for rigorous resources that they can learn from and also teach with. Many have shared with us their frustration over the lack of technical and applied resources that go beyond introductory/ broad-brush discussions. Our commitment is to inspire teachers and students with possibility today, sharing content that we are developing for senior technical colleagues, business leaders and policy makers. Over the last several years, this multi-staged initiative of The Natural Edge Project has focused on developing curriculum in the solutions space, highlighting opportunities for engineers and built environment professionals to make a difference.

We began with four lessons for junior high school around energy, waste and water, then added physics and chemistry modules after teachers shared how little senior materials are available for integrating sustainability into the curriculum. After all, how can society expect our future leaders to be creative and innovative in addressing 21st Century challenges, if we do not equip them with knowledge and skills in topics such as making and storing electricity, and in environmental chemistry?! We undertook our own professional development in creating these materials in plain-English, going back-to-basics in understanding how elecrticity is made from solar PV, solar thermal, wind, geothermal and other emerging options.

After we completed the student resources with a small guide for teachers, most suggestions for improvements from our colleagues centred around additional teaching support. In particular teachers asked for small activities and assessment ideas that could be integrated within existing classes to help embed sustainability within the curriculum. This gave rise to the latest stage of the initiative, producing a teacher supplement for each of the three modules. Looking back at the evolution of these materials there have been many contributors and reviewers (see acknowledgements below) without whom the initiative would not have been possible - thank you.

Bearing in mind that we come from an engineering, tech-heavy background, we hope that the modules inspire with their rigour and the accompanying fun activities for the classroom. We have intentionally left them as simple word and PDF files for easy copy-paste and printing (Creative Commons Attributes Licence). So 'take it and use it' freely, just acknowledging source. Please let us know if you have any comments for further improvement!

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  • Desha, C., Hargroves, K., Smith, M. and Stasinopoulos, P. (2008) Sustainability Education for High Schools: Year 10-12 - Subject Supplements, The Natural Edge Project, Australia. (http://www.naturaledgeproject.net/TNEPHighSchoolEducation.aspx) Visit

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