Energy sustainability workshops for teachers
A new round of professional development workshops will be held for local educators interested in energy sustainability using the innovative Island Energy Inquiry science curriculum. Originally based on Maui, this workshop series has expanded throughout the state to become one of the most comprehensive energy education programs offered to Hawaii’s middle- and high-school teachers, according to a news release.
Spearheaded by the Maui Economic Development Board’s Women in Technology Project, the IEI curriculum combines the latest scientific inquiry and engineering processes with cutting-edge materials and technologies.
“Teachers take their new knowledge and hands-on activities back to the classroom to help students learn about the state’s energy issues – and maybe someday solve them,” said Graham DeVey, WIT project manager.
The professional development workshops feature a two-day, face-to-face session with online, ongoing support during classroom implementation.
The Maui workshop will be on June 12 and 13 at MEDB’s Malcolm Training Center, 1305 N. Holopono St., Suite 5, in Kihei.
Limited travel funds are available for Lanai and Molokai teachers.
Workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. A $20 fee secures registration. Two online follow-up sessions are required to complete the course.
The curriculum will focus on photovoltaic electricity, wind energy, solar thermal energy and energy efficiency. In addition, educators have the opportunity to interact with local engineers and other industry representatives who will make presentations on various energy topics.
Participating teachers will receive hands-on kits to take back to the classroom, as well as access to an equipment loan program. An accompanying Clean Energy Hawaii STEM app is also available via a mobile lab of iPad computers.