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​Energy Action Month 2021


KEEP is planning events for educators & students in a variety of formats throughout October. 

Energy Action Month is a national campaign to raise awareness of the prevalence of energy in all parts of society – homes, schools, healthcare, food, transportation and even in the unbuilt environment of natural habitats. Join us to take action and commit to participating in energy awareness observations this autumn.

  • September 20-24 :: Clean Energy Week 
  • October 1-31 :: Energy Action Month
  • October 2 & 3 :: National Solar Tour 
  • October 6 :: Energy Efficiency Day 
  • October 20 :: Energy Careers Day 
  • October 21-24 :: Wisconsin Science Festival

Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) is partnering with energy organizations, experts and electric utilities to offer a spectrum of virtual engagement opportunities for K-12 students, teachers and the broader community.

Act now and participate in these opportunities in a variety of in-person and virtual formats: workshops, webinars, social media campaigns, and meetings with clean energy & sustainability professionals.

Don't forget to share all your energy saving stories with us on social media!

#EnergyAwarenessMonth   #EEDay2021   #CareersinEnergyWeek   #GetIntoEnergyWI  #WiSciFest


KidWind Renewable Energy Educator Workshops - in person

GirlFixingBladeThe Wisconsin Energy Institute, KEEP, and KidWind are excited to bring the KidWind Educator Workshop to communities across Wisconsin. Join us and learn how to explore the power of wind and solar with your students!

Review energy and electricity basics, design and test blades in a wind tunnel, explore solar dashboards with inquiry questions, and preview ready-to-use curriculum for integrating renewable energy into your lessons! Participants will leave with the resources and confidence to use wind energy as a lens into hands-on science, technology, and engineering exploration in the classroom.

  • September 18 - UW-Madison Arboretum, Madison
  • October 21 - Pablo Center, Eau Claire
  • October 27 - Vincent High School, Milwaukee

For formal and non-formal educators of students in grades 4 - 12.

National Solar Tour - virtual

2021 national solar tour banner.pngParticipate in the nationwide National Solar Tour.  Wisconsin K-12 schools have 226 solar PV installations totalling 12.55 MW of generation!  Take a virtual tour at three of these schools, ask questions, and get excited to have your school go solar in 2022.

October 2 & 3

For educators, students and the general public

Discovering Energy in Nature - in person

You’ve likely heard that bringing your classroom outdoors can be an effective way to teach. You know the benefits of teaching outdoors - but doing it can be daunting. Join KEEP to discover energy lessons that can effectively be taught outside. Take temperatures, survey different environments, and spend time in a beautiful setting while making curriculum connections.

Read more details & link to registration - $25

October 6

  • Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, Stevens Point 

For formal and non-formal educators of students in grades K-6.

Story Time at the Museum - in person

uwsp museum story time 2021Solar Energy themed book and actvity 

During this Story Time we will be reading books about the Sun, doing crafts and celebrate Energy Action Month.

Read the details or REGISTER NOW - no cost

October 8, 10 am - 11 am

  • UWSP Museum of Natural History

For children ages 3-5 years and their families

​MeterHero - Environmental Science Enhancement - virtual

meterhero data meterMeterHero is an award-winning curriculum enhancement for high school environmental science. By empowering students to collect, analyze, and act upon their own utility data in partnership with their local energy provider, MeterHero provides real-life application of scientific practices in a way that aligns with course content: Land and Water Use as well as Energy Resources and Consumption.

During the interactive virtual training, teachers will:
  • experience student activities such as reading utility meters, 
  • view example finished student projects,
  • get questions answered.

Read the details & register - no cost

  • October 13, 4 pm - 5 pm online with pre-registration OR
  • October 17, 2 pm - 3 pm online with pre-registration

For teachers of high school environmental science and AP coordinators

Energy Careers Fair - virtual

2021 national solar tour banner.pngParticipate in the national, one-day, virtual career fair.  The fair is free and a great place to explore the spectrum of energy careers.  The energy industry seeks a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.

Energy careers are a key climate solution. Find out how you can use your passion and talent to be part of the solution!

Read the details and register for the high school track sessions - no cost

October 20 (times in CST)

  • 10:30 - 11:15  Innovative & Imaginative future of energy
  • 11:30 - 12:15 Why Consider Energy Internships & Apprenticeships (and How to Find Them!)
  • 12:30 - 1:15 Career Spotlight: What You Need to Know About Tech & Skilled Trade Careers
  • 1:30 - 2:15  Planning Your Path Toward a Career in Energy
  • 2:30 - 3:15 Various special topic concurrent sessions: EV, justic, entrepreneurship
  • 3:30 - 4:30 Ask an Expert: How to Network into an Energy Career
For high school students and the general public

KEEPing Green - virtual

This informal gathering is a collaboration space for Wisconsin high school students starting or leading Green Teams in their school. KEEP staff host the meeting and create a nurturing atmosphere for students to share leadership experiences, connect with clean energy or sustainability resources for their school, find out about upcoming events and collaborate for a clean energy future. Details about KEEP mini-grants for Green Teams will be shared at this meeting. 

This session will focus on energy careers and we will debrief sessions from the CEWD Energy Careers Fair.

 REGISTER & meet other high school students from Wisconsin - no cost

October 20

  • online with pre-registration

For high school students 

Field Trip with Wisconsin Science Festival - virtual

WiSciFest science festival 2021Have you wondered about the carbon footprint of schools? Do you think your school is energy efficient or needs to take action to reduce energy usage?

Explore how some Wisconsin schools are part of climate solutions. During this virtual field trip you’ll explore data trends of energy usage in schools then take a deeper dive into exploring data from solar dashboards on Wisconsin schools. If your school has a solar dashboard, you’ll get to share the link in the chat and we’ll all explore it together.

Participants do NOT need to have access to a solar array and dashboard at their school to participate in this field trip.

Read the details and Register for the virtual field trip

October 22
  • 9:30 - 10:15
For middle and high school students with pre-registration by teacher.