Fabulous Resources for Energy Education


Professional Development    

Educators have a lot to teach in a very short time.  They don't have time for activities or material that don't match their local, state, or national standards.  That's why our Professional Development is based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)!  Our goal is to provide educators with activities and experiences in both Scientific Inquiry and Engineering Design Process.  These experiences also provide the content knowledge you need to feel comfortable teaching energy related concepts. 

Coming soon:  PD where and when you want it!

Why a SPOC instead of a MOOC?  We've discovered a SPOC (Small Private On-line Course) is the best way to test a course before releasing it as a MOOC (Massive Open On-line Course). We are very close to releasing this great PD opportunity.  You have your choice of credit from three UNI departments!  Choose the one that best fits your needs: 

Each course includes 15 instructor video hours + 30 activity and assignment hours, and may be taken by Iowa teachers for 1 graduate credit through UNI Continuing Education.  This optional credit is available for 2015 for just $100 per credit hour.  All participants receive a certificate of completion and invitation to an “Energy Expedition”, a guided field trip related to the material studied.  The reduced credit cost and field trips are made possible by support from EPSCR grant funding.

No textbooks are required, but we recommend you have a model solar car and wind turbine to complete assignments.  Be one of the first 40 participants to register, and you will receive the Renew Solar and Wind materials free as part of our Iowa EPSCoR Workforce Development funding.  The Renew Solar and Wind Kit will also be available for purchase at our FREE Store.

Our first three courses are briefly described below:
Review-Energy Basics
Explore why you should teach about energy, and what you should teach.  Learn the factors that influence the Earth's energy balance and discover how the flow of energy from the sun to the Earth influenced our climate, from Ice Ages to Global Warming.  Discuss definitions of energy that your students will understand.  Chart the changes in the ways forms and conservation of energy are taught from kindergarten to high school. 
Registration is now open!  See descriptions at the web sites below.   
Build a model solar car and use it to answer inquiry questions about balance, circuits, and solar cells.  Use what you've learned to build a super solar car using the Engineering Design Process.  Explore the changes in the sun's daily path across the sky with a pinhole solargraph, data, and graphs.  Learn how to add solar energy to your home or school.
Registration is now open!  See descriptions at the web sites below.   

Renew-Wind Energy
Build a model wind turbine and measure the output of different blades to understand the effects of angle, shape, and size.  Use what you've learned to build your own blade system using the Engineering Design Process.  Build a wind tunnel from a pair of fans to safely test your model turbines.  Use graphs and simple calculations to see how tower height and wind speed affect energy output.   Compare motors to generators, and energy to power.  Learn how Iowa schools use wind power.
Available Fall 2015
Want a sneak preview?  Check out these YouTube videos that will be part of the SPOC!