Educator Resources

Learn more about how to take full advantage
of our free educator resources
in this 12 minute video.

Presentations & Scripts

Interactive PowerPoint presentations and scripts brought energy efficiency to life, teaching practical, money- and energy-saving tips. After participating in a Lights for Learning presentation, students were empowered to take a proactive stance on energy efficiency and educate their communities about the benefits of switching to efficient products like LEDs. Presentations and scripts were available for the following age groups:


Student Activity Books

Free-to-download, printable activity books were available for each energy team, promoting STEM skills and reinforcing presentation concepts. The materials help students connect what they've learned in Lights for Learning to energy-efficient behaviors at home.

Free LEDs for Students

Teachers who commit to teaching an energy efficiency lesson plan using the Lights for Learning educator resources may request one free LED light bulb per participating student. These light bulbs are shipped directly to your school free of charge for distribution following the presentation. Students are encouraged to bring the light bulbs home and talk to their families about switching to efficient lighting.

Energy Bike and Light Meter Lending Program

For many youth, one of the highlights of the presentation experience is the chance to pedal the energy bike. This unique teaching tool makes students the 'power plant' as they attempt to generate the electricity necessary to illuminate different types of light bulbs. Students, educators, and parents are continually astonished at how much less energy is needed to illuminate LEDs compared to traditional incandescent bulbs. 

2017 Student Contests & Prizes

Lights for Learning will offer three student contests during the 2016/2017 school year, encouraging students to apply their creativity toward developing posters, poetry, and videos that promote energy efficiency. 

  • Poster Contest. Design it. Demonstrate it. Deliver it! Your students’ artistic energy is needed to illustrate “Savings that Last.” Have them share their knowledge about energy efficiency through a custom illustration. Entries must be submitted to by February 28, 2017. First, second and third place prizes will be announced by March 15, 2017.
  • Poetry Contest. Think it. Write it. Share it! Your students’ wordsmith energy is needed to convey what they know about “Our Natural Resources.” Have them share their knowledge about energy efficiency and demonstrate awareness of natural resources as well as how to conserve them or use them more efficiently. Entries must be submitted to by March 31, 2017.  First, second and third place prizes will be announced by April 15, 2017.
  • Video Contest. Script it. Act it. Record it! Your students’ production energy is needed to make an impact! Have them share their knowledge about energy efficiency and savings that last in a commercial for L4L!  Entries must be submitted to by April 30, 2017.  First, second and third place prizes will be announced by May 15, 2017.
  • Contest Prizes: Contest winners receive a “Shine On” energy efficiency kit that includes products that can save a household over $1,000 on utility bills over time. Contents include: 5 energy efficient light bulbs, 2 holiday light strands, 1 LED nightlight, 1 low-flow showerhead, and 2 faucet aerators.

Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Resources