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SAVE: Steps in Achieving Viable Energy—Youth Guide1

Nathan Mitten, H.A. Ingley, Jessica Kochert, and Joy Jordan2


S.A.V.E. = Steps in Achieving Viable Energy

The 4-H SAVE project is an energy education curriculum that targets youth, ages 11 to 13. The project takes youth on a journey through the exciting world of energy.

Youth start the journey by learning about what energy is, the different forms energy can come in, and how it can transform from one form into another. Once they have mastered the forms in which energy can exist, they will search out where that energy comes from by investigating the wide variety of energy sources. The journey continues as youth investigate the various ways that energy is used, both through natural and man-made processes. Finally, the journey concludes with a closer look into the ways the world we live in is impacted, both positively and negatively by our energy use.

Three different modules are available within this curriculum:

  • 4H EGM 50—SAVE Youth Book is an independent project book that guides youth through an independent study of four major themes—forms, sources, uses, and impacts of energy in our lives.

  • 4H EGL 60—the SAVE Leader/Helper Guide has been designed to supplement the Youth Book for club and individual projects.While working through the activities within their project book, youth will not only discover important information, but they will use reflective questions, discussions, and journaling activities to gain even greater insight into the world of energy.

  • 4H EGL 61—the SAVE Teacher Edition has been created to help teachers and leaders in group settings explore these basic concepts of energy forms, sources, users and impacts using a series of nine additional experiential activities. These science/math-based activities, which build off the activities previously performed in the Youth Book, allow for youth to enhance their understanding of these topics through interaction with specific energy topics including radiant, chemical, hydrogen, wind, biomass, efficiency of energy systems, and energy conservation.

About theSAVE Youth Book



Get Ready for Your Journey - Setting Goals, Planning
Activity Record - Keeping Records
SAVE Science Review - Learning to Learn
Certificate of Completion


So, What is Energy?
Does Energy Always Stay The Same?


Where Does Energy Come From?
Does Energy Last Forever?


Who Is Using Energy?
Is All Energy Seen?


What Are the Impacts of Our Energy Use?
What Are Consequences of Negative Energy Decisions?
What Are Some Positive Energy Decisions?



Continue to to download the SAVE Youth Book in its entirety.

Further Resources

Access all modules of this curriculum via the SAVE Series Page on EDIS:



This document is 4H EGM 50, one of a series of the 4-H Youth Development Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date January 2011. Reviewed January 2018. Visit the EDIS website at


Nathan Mitten, graduate student, and H.A. (Skip) Ingley, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Jessica Kochert, graduate student, and Joy Jordan, associate professor and 4-H curriculum specialist, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; UF/IFAS Extension; Gainesville 32611.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.