Renewable Energy Prof Dev program for MA teachers gr. 5-8

Submitted by Micky McKinley
2008-01-14 23:07:39

Announcing a Renewable Energy Professional Development Program for Fifth through Eighth Grade Teachers in Massachusetts:
Energy - where we get it and how we use it - can be expected to change radically during the lifetimes of our children. The choices society makes during this time of change will have profound effects on today's students and future generations.
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment is pleased to invite you to participate in "Energy Thinking, Energy Action", an exciting new comprehensive, state-specific renewable energy education program for teachers of grades 5 - 8. This innovative unit facilitates integration of renewable energy education into your curriculum, meets the Massachusetts Science Standards, includes a curriculum and classroom kit worth over $400 plus offers 10 PDPs! This project is funded by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.
This timely program offers a systems-based approach that integrates learning about renewable energy resources, the scientific and technological concepts of renewable energy, and ways to reduce energy consumption through hands-on activities including home and school energy investigations.
Participating teachers will benefit from the following elements of this project:
*A five-hour training workshop on energy concepts and the use of the extensive materials in the classroom kit. The workshop will take place on January 26, 2008 at the Hitchcock Center in Amherst. (Snow date Feb. 6.)
*Three one-hour sessions in your classroom taught cooperatively with a Hitchcock Center educator. We will use lessons from unit and materials from the kit.
*An extensive collection of materials in the form of a classroom kit and Energy Thinking, a Massachusetts-based curriculum unit.
*An exciting and relevant unit that meets Massachusetts Standards for Earth and Space Science, Physical Science and Technology/Engineering.
*A Certificate of Completion for 10 PDPs.
In order to participate, complete the short application below and mail or email it to me. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me. You may also request a detailed list of the standards covered in the unit.
Application:
Your name, school, grade level and contact information.
Please describe why you want to participate in this project.
Micky McKinley
Hitchcock Center
525 S. Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
mckinley [-at-symbol-] hitchcockcenter.org
PS. You may be hearing about another program called Teaching for the Future: Renewable Energy and Climate Change sponsored by Greenfield Community College. It is for high school level teachers and complements Energy Thinking, Energy Action, which is for middle school teachers.

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