News & Events

 

April 2015

 
Summer opportunities -
REGISTER NOW!


Sun and Wind Powered Fun - UNI summer camp for students entering grades 4-6
Dates: Tuesdays, June 9 through 30
Times: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Click here for more information and to register!

Protecting the Environment and Living Well - Professional development workshop
Dates: June 15, 16, and November 14
Click here for complete details and to register!

 
Volunteers needed -
PICNIC TABLE BUILD

Tuesday, Apr. 7; 3:30-5:30 p.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m.
CEEE


Green Iowa AmeriCorps is recruiting volunteers to help build and paint a picnic table, and to help plant flowers and decorate post for local Habitat for Humanity homes. View and share the flyer!

To volunteer: Sign up on the UNI Volunteer Tuesdays website, through the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley website, or contact Rosie Manzo (atrmmanzo07@gmail.com).

 
Volunteers needed -
SHERWOOD TRAIL CLEAN-UP
Sunday, Apr. 19; 1:00-5:00 p.m..
Hartman Nature Reserve Center


Green Iowa AmeriCorps is recruiting volunteers to help pick up trash and do basic trail maintenance during the Hartman Nature Reserve Earth Fair. Volunteers also needed to sort trash and recycling after the event.

To volunteer: Sign up through the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley website, or contact Brad James (bradcharlesjames@gmail.com).

 

Earth Day -
MAKE MILKWEED SEED BALLS!

Wednesday, Apr. 22
UNI: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (NW Courtyard, Maucker Union)
Hawkeye: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (campus courtyard)

Find the Green Iowa AmeriCorps table to hear about the disappearance of monarch butterflies and help restore monarch habitats through the spread of milkweed seed balls! UNI and Hawkeye students can make their own seed balls to throw in parks, backyards, and other suitable habitats where monarch butterflies can lay their eggs.

 

Fabulous Resources for Energy Education -
SOLAR CARS WITH LT. GOV. KIM REYNOLDS

North Tama Elementary held STEM Expert Day on March 24. STEM experts worked with each grade on different projects, including solar cars provided by the F.R.E.E. program at UNI CEEE. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds got in on the action as students built and tested solar cars. After learning a little about electricity and how electrons flow through the wires, students used problem-solving skills to adjust their cars to work better. Read more about the day in the WCF Courier article, and find photos on the North Tama website.

Solar car kits are available to borrow or purchase from the F.R.E.E. program!

 

Volunteers needed -
HIGHWAY 20 CLEAN-UP

Friday, Apr. 24; 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Celebrate Earth Week with Green Iowa AmeriCorps by cleaning up the community! Join in the biannual Highway 20 Clean-Up. Work gloves, reflective vests, water, and treats provided. Click here to view and share the flyer.

To volunteer: Sign up through the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley website, or contact Rosie Manzo (atrmmanzo07@gmail.com).

 

PV system upgrade -
MONITOR CEEE ENERGY PRODUCTION LIVE!

The CEEE recently upgraded its PV system to provide more power – an increase from 900 to 1,500 Watts. Monitor CEEE energy production online! This webpage reports past production, calculates carbon offset, produces graphs, and displays photographs. Each PV panel is monitored separately, allowing the CEEE to perform experiments comparing various panel orientations and measuring the effects of snow or dust.

Read more about the CEEE facility features!

 

Helping Students Protect the Environment -
EDUCATOR RESOURCE WEBSITE

Resources to assist traditional and nontraditional educators in helping students and people of all ages “live what they love” and consume differently are available in the Educator Resource database that includes 125+ lesson plans, videos and other resources for use in the classroom and in nontraditional educational settings. The resources are searchable by grade level, material type, topic and content areas.

 
 

May 2015

 

Buy Fresh Buy Local -
NEW LOCAL FOOD GUIDE COMING SOON!


The Buy Fresh, Buy Local Food Guide helps connect consumers to the array of local foods available in Black Hawk and surrounding counties. Find local farmers and restaurants, grocery stores, cafés, retail stores, and institutions who purchase locally grown foods! The 2015 will release in late May.

Contact Jodie Huegerich, UNI Local Food Program Coordinator (jodie.huegerich@uni.edu or 319-273-7883).

 

June 2015

 

Registration open -
SUN AND WIND POWERED FUN SUMMER CAMP

Tuesdays, June 9 through 30; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
CEEE

Four Tuesdays of wind and solar fun! Explore engineering as you build and test your own model solar vehicle and design a wind turbine. Investigate which materials work best in the design of passive solar buildings. Get your hands on some of the tools used to maintain wind turbines and explore energy related STEM Careers. For students entering grades 4-6.

Click here for more information and to register!

 

Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well -
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 16; 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 14;  9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Linn County Waste Agency Education Center
(1954 County Home Road, Marion, Iowa)

Explore with your students the products Americans use daily - “the stuff of life.” These products have a life cycle: They are extracted, transported, produced, used and disposed of around the globe. Study how this “stuff” is a primary source of environmental problems and examine how this relates to life satisfaction. Course content is real and relevant. Materials introduced are interdisciplinary and classroom-ready, designed so your students learn essential skills and concepts from the Iowa Core as well as NGSS Science and Engineering Practices.

Learn more and find registration information here, and contact Susan Salterberg for more information (susan.salterberg@uni.edu).

 

The Way We Live -
STUDENTS TAKING ACTION

Watch how middle school teacher Emily Stensland used the book, Material World: A Global Family Portrait by Peter Menzel, to engage her students in exploring needs and wants around the world, taking action, and mentoring younger students. Click here to watch her professional development video (72 sec.).

Another group of creative, dedicated teachers from a 2014 workshop helped their students learn about the life cycles of products. Students explored the materials in a cell phone, found out where the raw materials were extracted, and estimated the distance each component traveled.
Read about even more classroom examples here.

These teachers’ projects emerged from a professional development course, Helping Students Protect the Environment and Live Well. Next workshop opportunity: June 15-16, 2015. Watch this space for information!