Energy Field Trip Guide for MA Teachers published
Submitted by Shawn Reeves
EnergyTeachers.org has published, in print and online, Learning about Energy with Field Trips, a guide to sites around Massachusetts that can host students interested in renewable energy, sustainability, and efficiency.
The printed guide, 32 pages with color photos, is being sent to 1397 school-libraries in Massachusetts, for use by educators when planning trips, or even virtual tours, that help students learn about energy. The guide features showcases of wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass, all renewable resources, used to heat, cool, and power buildings and towns.
The online guide includes more than 100 sites, many from across the nation. There is a feature that allows educators to sort sites by distance or by feature, allowing them to pinpoint feasible trips.
Both guides describe each site, listing contact information, location, specific features, appropriate ages, schedules, and costs, wherever that information is pertinent.
As with all resources at EnergyTeachers.org, the information is intended to be dynamic; educators are encouraged to send comments on existing or new sites, photos, and lesson ideas. There is an on line forum to discuss field trips:
Anyone may download and use the printed guide for free:
Teachers in MA schools should ask their librarian whether their school has received the book by mid-August. If they haven't received it by September 21, they may use the email address above to contact EnergyTeachers.org and request a copy.
Educators may wish to start exploring the online guide:
This summer, photos of sites will be integrated with the online guide.