I suspect that many readers visiting our blog are interested in energy - and there's a brand new educational app available to get you up to speed covering a myriad of interesting energy topics.

Resourcefulness: An Introduction to the Energy-Water Nexus was developed by my brilliant colleague and friend, UT professor Michael E. Webber along with DISCO Learning Media and Itron. This educational app will be made available to students globally with the goal of improving water and energy literacy, encouraging conservation and resourcefulness, and inspiring the next generation of innovators. The material can be integrated into existing classes through project-based learning and case studies, or educators can build new courses using prepared standards guides provided.

I'm not just a fan of this innovative and necessary app, I'm actively promoting it because energy is so poorly understood broadly, yet so fundamental to finding solutions to our greatest challenges. In fact, I contributed a forward for the app. Here's a snippet:

The energy-water nexus is not only complex but also multidisciplinary. Developing a comprehensive understanding involves delving into engineering, policy, biotechnology, geoscience, and more.

 

The digital interactive curriculum of Resourcefulness does just that in an easy to digest manner that’s comfortable, relatable, interesting, and fun. This first-of-its kind educational app will help students understand and articulate not just the science and business

of energy and water, but the political, technical, and social issues involved in finding critical solutions to our most pressing energy needs.

 

Resourcefulness acts as a hub for tackling practical energy and water questions that involve subjects like consumption, smart grids, renewables, waste, and more. It highlights how the two sectors have changed in recent decades while acknowledging complex global challenges ahead.

Resourcefulness is available for download to phones and tablets, on iOS and Android devices, and can be downloaded directly from www.stem.guide. There’s also a desktop version that will be available by end of summer 2016. DISCO and Itron are also giving away 10,000 copies of Resourcefulness for free and are very interested in partnering with educators and school districts to bring this resource to the classroom.
 
So go download this terrific app, share what you've learned and support broad energy literacy.