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Educator Profile: Erin Malloy

This is the first in a series of VEEP educator profiles, where we take a minute out of our day to chat with our amazing staff, learn about their lives, hear more about what fires them up — and share their story with you. 

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Erin Malloy: ‘I would hope that all kids love learning’

ErinErin Malloy, educator for central Vermont, has been working for VEEP longer than almost all of our staff, and after 14 years, she’s still as enthused about energy education as she was when she started.

“I love it!” Erin says. “I think about it: Should I do something else? And then I’m like, ‘No! I love what I do!'”

An Ohio native who was raised in Maryland, Erin went to college in Arizona and Oregon and always thought she’d end up living in the Pacific Northwest. Then, in 1999, she took a job at Farm & Wilderness in Plymouth, VT, which also brought her to live closer to her extended family.

“It reminded me of Oregon [here],” she says. “I […]

By |May 6th, 2015|Staff Profiles|0 Comments

Thermal (IR) Camera Workshop in June

What: Thermal (IR) Camera Workshop for middle and high school teachers

When: Monday, story June 1, vcialis 40mg 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Where: Barre Aldrich Library, medications Milne Room (6 Washington St, Barre, VT 05641)

Cost: $45 per participant (snacks provided)
scholarships available: contact info@veep.org

Click here to download a flyer and registration form

IR002515Are you using an infrared (IR) camera in your middle or high school classroom or considering purchasing one to use? VEEP is bringing highly experienced infrared thermography trainers John Snell and Rob Spring in for a half-day session for educators on the use of thermal cameras in the classroom. We will cover basic IR camera use and techniques as well as interpretation of images they produce (hint: it isn’t as straightforward as you might think) and common pitfalls to avoid. You will leave with skills for using this technology in the classroom.

Thanks to a very generous donation of […]

By |April 30th, 2015|Training|0 Comments

LEAP with VEEP! Hands-on activities for kids at the LEAP Energy Fair, Saturday, April 11

Testing pinwheelsVEEP is coming to the LEAP Energy Fair on Saturday, April 11, at Crossett Crook Middle School in Duxbury. Educator Erin Malloy will be leading hands-on, minds-on activities for kids throughout the day. Young scientists, artists, and engineers can construct pinwheels, design and test sailboats, or decorate an eco-flag. Here’s the schedule:

  • 9–10 a.m.  Pinwheel construction
  • 10–11 a.m.  Sailboat design & construction
  • 11 a.m.–noon  Decorate an eco-flag
  • 1 –2 p.m.  Sailboat design & construction
  • 2–3 p.m.  Pinwheel construction
  • 3–4 p.m.  Decorate an eco-flag

Admission to the fair is free. Adults can check out exhibits, talk with energy experts, discuss new technologies, and come away with ideas for saving energy at home.

By |April 6th, 2015|Community Events|0 Comments

Build cars, race boats, and ride bikes with VEEP on April 11

solar carsVEEP is coming to the Sustainable Living Expo on Saturday, April 11, at Middlebury Union High School, with a full menu of hands-on, minds-on activities for kids throughout the day. Come explore electricity at our hands-on generation stations, engineer a boat with superior sails, or build and test a solar car that you can “walk” on a leash. Admission to the kids’ activities is free with your $5 admission to the Expo.

 

 

 

Here’s the day’s schedule:

 

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By |March 20th, 2015|Community Events|0 Comments

Teacher PD April 16 on Solar Challenge

Additional Solar Challenge training scheduled for teachers

We are offering a fast-moving training on VEEP’s Solar Challenge Curriculum for middle and high school science teachers who have a strong energy background*. You will get an overview of the Solar Challenge curriculum and materials and walk through some of the activities.
When: Thursday, April 16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Barre’s Aldrich Library
Costs: $50 per teacher, plus $40 restocking fee to borrow a kit of materials after the training (scholarships and grants may be available: inquire at info@veep.org)

In the Solar Challenge, students are guided to build a concentrating solar collector that will heat 12 ounces of water using solar energy. Students learn about energy sources and energy science. They design and refine to produce a miniature mock-up and then a full-scale working model of their solar collector. They test the model outdoors in the sun, taking data and documenting their work, just like a professional engineer does when working on a new product design. Data is collected and analyzed graphically, and performance is measured […]

By |March 19th, 2015|Training|0 Comments

BRAND NEW workshop for high school students!

Smart Technology and Climate Change

VEEP has a new in class workshop/presentation designed specifically for high school students. In Smart Technology and Climate Change, viagra a VEEP educator guides students to think about how new technologies in electrical metering can reduce electrical usage and subsequently reduce CO2 emissions.

To answer this question, students measure power and calculate electrical energy usage of a variety of small appliances and create connections between electrical usage, electrical generation and related carbon dioxide emissions. Students are introduced to the newest technology in electrical metering and are given the opportunity to examine the applications and implications of this new technology.

This presentation for high school level learners runs approximately 90 minutes. It is aligned with both Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Math standards, with the possibility for Literacy and Writing extensions provided.  We are grateful to the support of Green Mountain Power, Burlington Electric Department, Washington Electric Coop, and Vermont Electric Coop for funding the development of this workshop.  To bring it to […]

By |March 18th, 2015|Workshops|0 Comments

New teacher training opportunity added

Teacher Training on Solar Challenge Curriculum

VEEP has just added a one-day teacher training on our Solar Challenge Curriculum to our calendar.

When: Wednesday, March 4, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where:  Woodstock Union Middle School
Costs:  $50 per teacher, plus $40 restocking fee to borrow a kit of materials after the training (scholarships and grants may be available: inquire at info@veep.org)
Teacher Professional Development:  This will be a fast-moving training on VEEP’s Solar Challenge curriculum for middle and high school science teachers who have a strong energy background.  You will get an overview of the Solar Challenge curriculum and materials and walk through some of the activities.

Solar Challenge Curriculum Overview: 
In the Solar Challenge, students are guided to build a concentrating solar collector that will heat 12 ounces of water using solar energy. Students learn about energy sources and energy science. They design and refine, produce a miniature mock-up and then a full-scale working model of their solar collector. They test the model outdoors in the sun, taking data and documenting their work, just like a professional engineer does when working on […]

By |February 9th, 2015|Training|0 Comments

Registration now open for Summer Institutes for teachers

Join VEEP this summer for two four-day Summer Institutes for teachers on wind energy or climate change. These institutes will use a constructivist, see NGSS-based approach consisting of hands-on, minds-on learning activities followed by reflective discussions and journaling about science content and methods. Participants will have experiences as both learner and teacher, using guided discovery, hands-on inquiry explorations, and readings that enable the participant to build concepts about science content and best teaching practices.

To register, visit our teacher training page.
Scholarships are available for either institute.  Contact info@veep.org for more information.

Wind Works

When: June 29–July 2, 2015  |  9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Burlington, Vermont (exact location TBD: please check back later)
Cost: $300 without graduate credits or $1,100 including 3 graduate credits (pending)  |  scholarships available; meals and accommodation not included
Credit: 3 graduate credits, or 30 hours of professional development credit
Kits: Kits of materials may be borrowed for free by teachers teaching in Vermont and rented by teachers in nearby states.  Schools can purchase a full kit of materials for $1,200 (for […]

By |January 21st, 2015|Training|0 Comments

TRY gears up for second year: apply today!

TRY kids and teen leaders give a thumbs-up to energy education. TRY participants give a thumbs-up to energy education.

There are less than five weeks left to apply for the second year of the popular Teens Reaching Youth (TRY) for the Environment program, a teen-led environmental education program offered by VEEP and UVM Extension 4-H.

TRY trains middle- and high-school students to lead a series of simple, hands-on lessons on wind and solar energy for kids in grades K–3, mentored by an adult. It’s a great experience for everyone involved!

Here’s what UVM Extension 4-H has to say about the program:

While we cannot predict all the issues the next generation will confront, we can be certain that among them will be issues related to the environment. Energy issues, specifically, may call for tough choices, and citizens have to understand the issues to be able to make wise choices. By learning about renewable energy and teaching lessons to younger youth, TRY teams will have a direct impact on raising awareness and knowledge […]

By |November 11th, 2014|TRY|0 Comments

WSEC Mini-Grants Available

VEEP is offering Whole School Energy Challenge teams the opportunity to apply for small grants to complete WSEC projects in their schools. Here are the options.

Grant Option 1: Green Team Grants

Criteria: Grant requests of $250–$1, adiposity 000 will be considered for projects that will increase energy education learning in WSEC schools, reduce energy use in WSEC schools, or otherwise further the goals of the WSEC green team. The grants can be spent on field trips, assemblies, materials, etc.

Teams should apply by writing a brief, one- to two-page grant request that describes:

  • Teacher who will oversee the project including contact details (e-mail and/or phone number)
  • What the grant will be used for
  • How the grant will help provide energy education, reduce energy use, or otherwise lead towards one of the goals of the school’s green team
  • An itemized budget of how the money will be spent

Financial and reporting requirements:

  • All money must be spent and receipts turned in to VEEP by the end of December 2014.
  • A brief write-up […]
By |November 11th, 2014|Whole School Energy Challenge|0 Comments