Each student receives an Energy Savings Kit.

Each student receives an Energy Savings Kit.

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TEP Bright Students

Grades: 5th-8th |   Since 2006

1,700 programs   78,800 students

Welcome to Bright Students, a three-part energy education program for 5th-8th grade students. The program includes a pre-visit video, an interactive 45-60 minute classroom presentation, and a post-visit lesson. The classroom presentation explores energy sources, electricity generation, and energy efficiency. Several students will ride the Energy Bikes to power incandescent, fluorescent, and LED light bulbs, as well as common household appliances in order to learn about their energy usage. The presenters will finish with an in-depth look at energy conservation, efficiency, and how to make practical changes in their own homes. Each student receives an Energy Savings Kit - a drawstring backpack containing energy-saving LED light bulbs, a low-flow showerhead, a faucet aerator, an LED night light, and more! The presentation and related lessons are aligned with ADE standards. Bright Students is sponsored by Tucson Electric Power and offered free of charge to schools in the Tucson area.

To schedule TEP Bright Students for your 5th-8th grade students, contact Adam Kingery at or 520-670-1442.


Teacher Materials

All of the necessary documents for pre-visit and post-visit lessons for the Bright Students program are available below for download.

Pre-Visit Materials

Click above to stream the Pre-Visit Video from YouTube

The pre-visit video and accompanying student worksheet have been designed to prepare your students for the on-site presentation.

Pre-Visit Worksheet PDF

If you cannot view the adjacent YouTube video, two downloadable video versions are available below. The high resolution file is preferable, but if your download time is too slow, or your computer doesn’t play back the larger file correctly, you may choose the low resolution file (the content is exactly the same, but the quality of the visuals is slightly lower). Be patient, as the video may take some time to download.

Pre-Visit Video High Resolution          Pre-Visit Video Low Resolution


Post-Visit Teacher Lessons

The post-visit activities are designed to help your students make personal connections to the content of the Bright Students program. The lessons come in different levels of difficulty, to meet the needs of your students.

Post-Visit Lesson - Simplified Version PDF

Post-Visit Lesson - Standard Version PDF

Post-Visit Lesson - Challenging Version PDF


Renewable Energy Curriculum

We are proud to offer a variety of renewable energy curricula for teachers to use in their classrooms, courtesy of Tucson Electric Power. Each folder below contains a complete lesson, with downloadable lesson plans and related supporting files (all files are PDF documents). If you have questions or issues with the curriculum here, contact the program director at Enjoy!

Lesson 1: The Importance of the Sun PDF

Lesson 2: Photovoltaic Solar Energy PDF

Lesson 3: Passive Solar Design PDF

Lesson 4: The Power of the Wind PDF


Energy Monitor Activity

The following activities incorporate teacher and student use of a TrickleStar Home Energy Monitor.

Energy Monitor Activity Teacher Overview PDF

Energy Monitor Activity Student Worksheets PDF

Energy Monitor Activity Handout for Parents/Guardians PDF

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