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Empowering the Future: Engineering Renewable Energy Systems and Green Buildings (Teacher/Student Teams)

Ongoing | Ages 10-14 | $185 per team (1 Adult/5 Students)


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The Empowering the Future STEM Workshop combines classes on green building, transportation, wind and solar power to help prepare the next generation of scientists and engineers to meet future energy challenges.  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 classes:


Harnessing the Wind: Teams of learners will design and test wind turbine systems, use the scientific method to explore variables in blade design, and use the electricity they generate to power devices and energy storage systems.

Key Concepts: Wind Power Systems, Science and Engineering Process Skills, Energy Storage


Green Building: Learners will explore green building concepts, passive solar heating, as well as design and conduct an experiment focused on building efficiency improvements.

Key Concepts: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Energy, Experiment Design and Thermal Energy


Hybrid, Hydrogen and More: 
This module will explore energy efficient transportation, solar power, fuel-cells and other cutting-edge technologies that are revolutionizing the way we move goods and people.

Key Concepts: Solar Energy, Photovoltaic Cells, Angles, Measurement, Prediction, Hydrogen and Biofuels


Participating teachers will receive lesson plans and facilitation guide, digital resources and a letter or certificate documenting 4.5 hours of teacher professional development for district and CDE teacher licensing. 


  • Teams pre-register online or by phone
  • Teams arrive at the site at 8:45 AM and depart between 2:30 and 3:00 PM
  • Each team (of up to 5 learners) will need either a teacher or an adult chaperone.
  • Participants bring lunches and water bottles
  • Sample Schedule (75-minute classes):
    • 9:00-9:30: Introduction
    • 9:45-11:00: Class One
    • 11:00-11:45: Lunch
    • 11:45-1:00: Class Two
    • 1:00-1:15: Break
    • 1:15-2:30: Class Three
    • 2:30-3:00: Wrap-Up

If you have any questions, or would like more information about coming to, or hosting, a Science Discovery STEM Workshop, please contact Hester Nadel via email or call 303-492-8640.