Solar Car Project Workshops for Northeast Middle School Teachers
Submitted by Susan Reyes
Come to a "Junior Solar Sprint -- Getting Started" workshop and get set to bring the program to your kids. Workshops are designed to help prepare participants for a successful experience in leading middle school kids through Junior Solar Sprint, where middle school kids design, build and compete with model solar electric cars. Over 15,000 teachers and over 100,000 students are estimated to have participated in this exciting and highly engaging program since it began in the early 1990's.
At a JSS workshop, you:
Learn how to lead students to design, build, and race model cars powered by solar energy.
Build a model sprint car and review lesson plans that will help students do the same.
Receive tips, lesson plans and resources to engage students in engineering design, teamwork, craftsmanship, problem solving, and studies of carbon cycle, global warming, fossil fuel issues, solar energy, simple machines, transportation technology, renewable energy and more.
Receive a professional development letter for the hours attended at the JSS workshop.
Most workshops are offered FREE of charge, unless connected with a conference. NESEA workshops are funded by the U.S. Army and materials donations from Pitsco.
Registration prior to the workshop is required. See the NESEA site below for registration forms.
Also, some NESEA workshops offer a door prize -- often a Free Pitsco JSS solar panel!
List of NESEA's Winter-Spring 2009 Junior Solar Sprint Workshops:
Check the NESEA website for updates: http://www.nesea.org/k-12/juniorsolarsprint/jsseducatorworkshops/
Hosted by the Center for Ecological Technology and held at the Reid Middle School
Wed. Feb. 4, 2009 4:00 - 7:00pm
Hosted and led by Ed Ronk, Middlesex County Area Event Coordinator at
Edgar Middle School
Wed. Feb. 4, 2009 4:00 - 7:00pm
Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living Headquarters
At the Gordon Avenue-Business Incubator Atrium.
Thurs. Feb. 5, 2009 4:00 - 7:00pm
Hosted and led by Joe Bruno, Area Event Coordinator for Philadelphia Area Junior Solar Sprint at the Wissahickon Charter School,
Saturday Feb. 7, 2009 10:00am- 1:00pm
Hosted by the Buffalo Area JSS and led by Shawn Reeves of EnergyTeachers.org for NESEA at the Buffalo Museum of Science.
Thurs. Feb. 12, 2009 4:00 - 7:30pm
Hosted by the Ecotarium and led by NESEA.
Thurs. Feb. 26, 2009 4:00 - 7:00pm
Hosted by Jeff Bechard, Area Coordinator for the State of Connecticut
Site: Slade Middle School
New Britain, CT
Thurs. March 19, 2009 4:00 - 7:00pm
Date March 25 4:00 - 7:00pm
Additional Junior Solar Sprint Workshops --
Northeast JSS Workshops offered through NESEA Chapters & Affiliate Organizations
Please contact these organizations directly for more information or to register for their workshop.
Cedar Knolls, New Jersey
Joseph Caravella, firstname.lastname@example.org, 973-267-7600
NJ: Morris County: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: TransOptions -- Two Ridgedale Avenue, Cedar Knolls, NJ
NJ: Essex County: Wednesday, February 13, 2009 -- 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Essex County Environmental Center, Roseland, NJ