Lesson Links

Carbon Cycle Game

This game by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research allows students to follow a carbon atom through the carbon cycle after it is released into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuel. Links include a teacher lesson plan and more detailed explanations of the carbon cycle provided at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. For grades 4-9.


This site of the American Chemical Society provides high school chemistry curriculum that emphasizes chemistry's impact on society, including a unit that focuses on petroleum.

Chemistry Collective

Organized by Carnegie Mellon University, this site offers a collection of virtual labs, scenario-based learning activities, and concepts tests.

Countertop Chemistry

The Science House, NC State University, describes chemistry activities and demonstrations appropriate for grades 1-12, with a focus on grades 1, 2, 6, and 8. Each activity includes directions, questions, materials lists, and tips for carrying out the activity.

Energy Information Administration

This site of the Energy Information Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Energy, provides energy-related stories, hands-on activities, and research articles for grades K-12. A teacher guide provides extension activities using the EIA site as a resource.

National Energy Education Development Project

The NEED site provides K-12 curriculum related to energy and transportation fuels.

Northeast Sustainable Energy Association

The NESEA, which promotes energy conservation and renewable energy technologies, has developed lesson plans for various grade levels on energy, transportation, and the environment.

U.S. Department of Energy

The Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, provides activities and lesson guides for various grade levels on topics such as coal, oil, and climate change.

Science 360

Seasonal schedules

MPSC offers seasonal schedules of Science 360 shows to the public. Follow this link to see the current schedule of public shows at MPSC.

Please note that seasonal schedules change four times each year (spring, summer, fall and holiday), and some shows are not offered during every schedule.

School shows

In addition to its public shows, MPSC offers shows during the week especially for school classes and other field trip groups. These school shows do not appear on the seasonal schedule but do appear on MPSC's daily calendar.

If seats are available, the public may purchase tickets to school shows.

However, school groups with reserved seating have first priority on any remaining seats (for example, if extra chaperons attend), so MPSC cannot guarantee that public seats will be available for school shows.