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Energize Students!

This summer saw the third installment of the Energize Students! Teachers’ Workshop. Four teachers from three states spent a week learning ways to incorporate renewable energy into their classroom.

The small-group size allowed for an exceptionally in-depth week that was positively received and enjoyed by all.

Energize Students! attendees saw presentations from many leaders in education and energy, including Exelon, Davenport Community Schools, and KidWind.

The teachers also enjoyed demonstrations of local resources available for teachers and students, including online curriculum sources, career planning for students, and 3D technology for the classroom.

The first two days of the workshop introduced the teachers to renewable energy and allowed them to experience many of the curriculum options available from the Interactive Learning Lab’s Carver Lending Library. (Local educators can check out these items to use in their classrooms.)

During days three and four, the teachers explored wind and solar energy through hands-on exploration.

They built their own wind turbines and held a contest to see whose designs could lift the most weight. The teachers also enjoyed pumping water using solar panels.

The week ended at the Blong Technology Center where the teachers toured the facilities, learned more about solar panel installation, and made a small batch of biodiesel.

A special thanks to all of the presenters who shared their expertise: Kirk Marske (Career Cruising), Tracey Masamoto (JTM Concepts), Craig Nelson (EICC), Jeremy Pickard (ATEEC), Theresa Rock (Davenport Community Schools), Elizabeth Schramm (Nahant Marsh), Emily Starr (StarrMatica), William Stoermer (Exelon), and Asia Ward (KidWind).

Professional Development for K-12 Science Teachers

Science and math teachers from Iowa and Illinois will have the opportunity to participate in ENERGIZE STUDENTS! Bringing Sustainable Energy into the Classroom. This five-day workshop will be held at the ATEEC Interactive Learning Lab and the Blong Technology Center in Davenport, Iowa from July 8-12, 2013.

Hosted by ATEEC under a grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, the workshop is intended to help facilitate the incorporation of alternative energy education into K-12 science curriculum.

Teachers will have the opportunity to increase their science knowledge, conduct inquiry-driven problem solving scenarios, integrate technology into science teaching, use manipulative science materials, and improve science teaching skills across the science strands.

During the week, the teachers will be busy with hands-on experiments beginning with instructional kits from A World in Motion®, a program that brings science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through grade 12.

Benchmarked to national science and math standards, the program incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight, and electronics into hands-on activities that reinforce classroom STEM curriculum.

Teachers will also use the KidWind® Advanced Wind Experiment kit and Thermal Solar kit to help students discover concepts of wind turbine technology and solar technology.

Teachers will explore the ATEEC Interactive Learning Lab’s exhibits and work with experiments that complement each area of the Lab such as solar power, basic electricity, water conservation, and wind generation kits. These kits will be made available to teachers to use in their classrooms through the Lab’s Lending Library.