ATEEC Interactive Learning Lab Opens In Iowa
Submitted by Lora Kaisler
On August 29th, 2011, the ATEEC Interactive Learning Lab opened its doors on the first floor of the Mississippi Plaza building in the heart of Davenport’s educational corridor, which consists of Junior Achievement, Figge Art Museum, Scott Community College Urban Center, Kahl Educational Center, River Music Experience, and the Davenport Public Library.
The current interactive displays highlight an Introduction to Energy, Solar energy, Bio-energy, Green Technologies, Lighting Demonstrations and Wind Technology. The large Nacelle Theatre will be showing local and statewide video clips and interviews of technicians doing work and companies developing innovative solutions. Interactive computers feature descriptions of a wide range of energy technology jobs. People are actually searching for trash to try the solar trash compactors outside the building. Soon to be added is an 18+ kilowatt solar array on the roof and side of the building. Installation will include a kiosk in the lab to show the real time energy generated by the various types of PV panels. Customized learning experiences are available to visitors by appointment. Our Education Coordinator provides tours and classroom teaching materials for K-12 students and teachers.
The goal of the Lab is to educate all visitors regarding sustainable and renewable energy technologies and engage them in activities that promote environmental sustainability and energy efficiency. The The Lab: 1) educates all visitors regarding sustainable and renewable energy technologies and how they can promote environmental sustainability and energy efficiency in their lives; 2) provides professional development for K-14 teachers in the STEM areas of sustainable and renewable energy technologies; 3) provides interactive, hands-on education for K-14 students in the STEM areas of sustainable and renewable energy technologies; 4) provides information on technician training programs in the area of energy technology and local business and industry innovations and activities in the energy sector.
Visit us online at http://ATEEClab.org or in person at 201 N. Harrison St., Suite 102, Davenport, IA 52801