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KEEP offers self-paced, online trainings for educators and community members.
Participants will gain fundamental knowledge of energy while participating in this self-paced online training which addresses energy concepts relating to energy definitions, natural laws of energy, energy flows in living and non-living systems, and their relationships to understanding and evaluating environmental issues. Training activities include the exploration of energy readings and pertinent websites; and home activities such as reading utility bills, home energy audits, and calculating the wattages of various home appliances.
These offerings may be in our upcoming trainings or available by request. Contact us to inquire about any of the following offerings or check our upcoming events registration portal.
Nature enhances academic achievement, improves student behavior, motivates the students to learn, promotes communication, improves cooperation, helps students focus, and of course, makes them healthier and happier! Join 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. Recommended for educators of grades K-6, adaptable for 7-12. Explore resources and activities for this workshop.
Refresh your knowledge of basic energy concepts and build confidence and excitement to teach about energy to elementary students! In this workshop educators will review the basics of electricity, energy transfer, energy in motion, and how we use energy in our world. Using NGSS–aligned lessons and hands-on resources in the KEEP Energy Concepts Kit, teachers will leave ready to teach energy in their K-4 classroom.
Energy Education for Pre-Service Teachers introduces students to creative ways to bring energy education into their future classrooms. With activities that can be adapted to many grade levels and subject areas, participants receive hands-on experience with concepts that bring an awareness of energy in our daily lives, the worldwide resources needed to fuel our energy usage, and an introduction to future energy issues across the globe. Discussion surrounding common at-home practices, combined with the connection between our energy consumption and global energy issues, make this training an invaluable experience for our future educators.
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-saving action plans that meet the 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 KEEP lessons and activities so teachers can integrate relevant lessons right away. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12 and schools undergoing energy management services.
Learn how to explore the power of wind with your students! In this workshop you will review energy and electricity basics, design and test blades in a wind tunnel, explore related KEEP energy education resources, and preview ready-to-use renewable energy curriculum. Participants also learn about the Wisconsin KidWind Challenge that takes place in spring each year and gain tips for coaching student teams through the process of designing and constructing small-scale turbines. Recommended for teachers of grades 4-12.
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. This workshop is ideal for Science and Social Studies teachers. Recommended for teachers of grades 4-12.
Use your school’s solar resource to engage students and drive teaching and learning with relevant experiences. Your solar electric system can be used in math, science, and social studies lessons to analyze data and explore how the utilization of renewable energy impacts our community.
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