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  • 0:03 What is Energy?
  • 0:41 How Do You Get Energy?
  • 1:16 What Are Different…
  • 1:53 How Do You Use Energy?
  • 2:24 How Can We Save Energy?
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Instructor: Donald Nicolas
In this lesson, you'll learn more about what energy is and how you use energy in your everyday life. Discover the different types of energy that are all around us!

What Is Energy?

Do you love playing outside during recess? Do you love to play an instrument? Do you enjoy watching TV and playing video games? If you enjoy doing all these things, there is one thing that you need to do all of them: energy.

Energy is the ability to do work, and energy is happening all around us. It happens as the sun comes up in the morning. It happens as your dog catches a Frisbee or when you ride your bike. It even happens when you turn on the light in your bedroom. Energy is so exciting! Read on to learn more!

How Do You Get Energy?

The main source of energy is the sun. The sun's rays are changed into chemical energy for the plant to help it grow big and strong. Plants are important because it is how humans and animals get food. We get the energy we need by eating fruits, meats, and vegetables.

When we eat food, we have the energy to do things we enjoy. When we use this energy in motion, like riding a bike, it is called kinetic energy. But did you know that when you rest you still have energy? This energy is called potential energy because you're not using it yet.

What Are Different Kinds of Energy?

Did you know that there are many different kinds of energy? When the sun shines outside it is giving off light energy through its bright rays. Make sure you have your sunglasses on when this energy is shining through!

Rub your hands quickly together. You may feel them getting warm. This is an example of heat energy. The molecules in your hands move fast to make heat.

There is also electrical energy, which happens when something called electrons move around a circuit to make electricity. These are just a few of the many different kinds of energy we use every day.

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