Empowering the Future: Renewable Energy & Sustainability for Upper Elementary & Middle School Practitioners
February 15; 9am-5pm | Ages Adult | $45
Science Learning Laboratory (East Campus)
The Empowering the Future Teacher Professional Development Workshop combines activities and content developed over a five year partnership with CU Boulder’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) and national-level leaders in renewable energy, green building and sustainability. Workshop content includes science and engineering activities related to green energy, green building and transportation technology designed to help teachers prepare and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Combining standards-based activities and creative student inquiries, this workshop blends engineering and science process skills with cutting edge technology and innovation in three exciting modules:
Harnessing the Wind: Teams of teachers will learn the physics and terminology of electrical energy, circuits, motors and lighting systems before using the science and engineering inquiry cycles to design, test and improve simple and complex wind power systems. Energy from the turbines will be used to power devices and a new and innovative way to explore hydrological energy storage. If time allows, teachers will have the opportunity to test their engineering skills in a blade-design challenge!
Green Building: Teachers will learn, firsthand, how energy is used to heat and cool buildings, generate light and power the technologies that make our lives easier. We will explore tools to measure energy efficiency, see examples of cutting-edge technologies, and take a virtual tour of some of the campus efforts towards becoming a carbon neutral and zero-waste community! Finally, teachers will explore material life cycles, participate in a new activity focused on improving building efficiency before wrapping up the module by learning about state and national-level resources and programs that can be implemented both at home and in their school.
Hybrid, Hydrogen and More: This module will begin with an exploration of the solar cycles, solar thermal energy, solar photovoltaic panels and solar energy systems before using the panels to charge capacitors, power solar cars and hydrogen fuel cells. The module wraps up with an overview of the future of transportation technologies with examples including electric cars, model mag-lev trains and digital resources that can be used to extend learning in the classroom.
- $45.00: A full day of professional development, lesson plans and facilitation guide, digital resources and a letter and certificate documenting 7.5 hours of teacher professional development for district and CDE teacher licensing
- Pre-register online here or by phone
- Arrive at Science Learning Laboratory, Room 101 (3400 Marine St, Boulder, 80309) at 8:45am, break for lunch between 12-12:30pm, depart at 5:00pm
- Participants may bring their own lunch or visit one of many nearby eateries during their break
If you have any questions, or would like more information about attending or hosting a CU Science Discovery STEM Workshop, please contact Hester Nadel at email@example.com or call 303-492-8640.