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 the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) to discover energy lessons that can effectively be taught outside. Take temperatures to investigate how shading, coloring, and other factors affect temperature; survey different environments to determine how sunlight, soil moisture, temperature, and wind affect living elements in an ecosystem; and spend time in a beautiful setting while making curriculum connections.
October 11, 4:00 – 5:00 – online via Zoom
Empower students and staff to be part of the energy solution through relevant experimentation using cutting-edge technology. This workshop utilizes the school building as a teaching tool to explore energy efficiency concepts and evaluate energy use through hands-on discovery and advice from energy professionals. Participants develop energy-savings action plans that meet demand for project- and STEM-based learning and link to future career options. The workshop will include time for collaboration and lesson planning, and a variety of ready-to-use activities will be supplied so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away.
October 19, 8:00 – 11:00 – Fennimore, WI – CESA 3
Solar PV applications are seen everywhere from road signs to enormous arrays for generating utility-scale electricity! Get your students excited about solar energy and the implications it has for our environment and economy while exploring potential careers in the energy industry. This workshop provides hands-on activities that utilize the KEEP Solar Tilt Kit and standards-aligned companion lessons. You will learn how solar panels work, use professional tools for siting solar PV installations, and use the Solar Tilt Kit to discover how the angle of the sun impacts the electricity generated by a solar panel.
October 19, 8 12:00 – 2:30 – Fennimore, WI – CESA 3
The 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! Participants will leave with the resources and confidence to use wind and solar energy as vehicles into hands-on science, technology, and engineering exploration in the classroom.
October 20, 10:00 – 3:30 -Platteville – University of Wisconsin-Platteville
October 24, 8:00 – 2:30 -Milwaukee – Ingeteam
Support your students’ sustainability ideas! Do you have students in your school who would like to reduce the carbon footprint of your school, but need funding to get their project off the ground? Suggest they apply for one of KEEP’s Green Team Mini-Grants.
To learn more about the program, invite them to join a free informational Zoom meeting October 9 or 18 at 4 pm. Teachers are welcome to join too!
Once students have a basic project concept, they’ll share that idea with KEEP via our Idea Form by October 27, then meet with KEEP staff to help refine their project. With those suggestions and baseline energy data for their schools, they’ll develop a full grant proposal, due December 8. Schools which are awarded grants will receive their funds in early January and have until May to work on their projects. A second round of grants will open spring 2024 for shorter-scale projects.
Bring up to 25 students from your school to Osseo-Fairchild on October 11 for a full day of interactive experiences.
Students and staff can learn about solar energy, wind, battery storage, hydrogen fuel cells, EVs, and more. Register by September 22nd.
Win money for your school by saving energy! Schools that participate get an eGauge installed on their school electric meter. This tool shows live data on how much electricity their school building is consuming. Then, the schools compete in a five-week competition to see who can conserve the most energy along with earning additional points for completing energy education activities.
The school with the most points will win $2,500 to make permanent energy efficient updates within their school. The best part is that once the eGauge is installed, it is yours to keep and use in your curriculum to help with hands-on learning for your students.
Resource Central, a nonprofit based out of Colorado, runs the competition and KEEP and FOCUS ON ENERGY® are here to support Wisconsin schools throughout the competition. Enrollment fee and eGauge installation are reimbursed by FOCUS ON ENERGY® so there is no cost to Wisconsin schools to participate. Sign up now to compete Spring 2024!
Don’t forget to share all your energy-saving stories with us on social media!
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