TEACHER STORY: Aria Brissette: Customizing kits & curricula for hands-on learning

Aria Brissette, who taught seventh and eighth grade science at Rutland Middle School last year and is now at Barstow Memorial School in Chittenden, VT, says that VEEP’s curriculum support kits have been “a great resource” for her teaching.

Brissette started her first year of teaching by participating in VEEP’s Teacher Learning Team (a two-month professional development program for teachers) last year. “We got to just be students ourselves,” she says. “It gave me that push to go off and redo our energy unit to my liking, and make it more aligned to the current science standards.”

Working with VEEP also gave Brissette the skills to pick and choose from the many pieces of equipment that come in a VEEP kit. She used parts of a Wind FUNdamentals kit (designed for grades K-3) with her middle-school students, for example, as well as tackling VEEP’s middle-school classic: building solar collectors with the Solar Challenge kit.

“Hands-on learning experiences go a lot further,” she says, in reaching students whose […]

By |December 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

TEACHER STORY: Krista Battles: Taking action with VEEP staff support

Krista Battles, who teaches seventh grade life science at Barre Town Middle Elementary School in Barre, VT, was able to guide her students in making real change in the school’s energy use last year as part of VEEP’s Green School Energy Challenge program.

Battles’ students chose to focus on lighting. Erin Malloy, long-time VEEP educator, and Andy Shapiro, VEEP’s director of engineering, offered support to Battles and her students at several points in their project to replace fluorescent fixtures in the school hallways with LEDs.

Seventh-grade students at Barre Town Middle Elementary School with one of the new LED lights that will replace energy-hogging fluorescents in the school.

Malloy laid the groundwork with an in-class Electricity & the Environment workshop. Then students borrowed VEEP’s light meter kit to help collect data on existing light bulbs. Shapiro helped students brainstorm solutions and work through technical questions.

“Erin and Andy both had a super broad base of knowledge,” […]

By |December 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Year-end VEEP donation drawing: Win a night for 2 at Lake Morey!

For every $25 you donate to VEEP between now and December 31, 2017, you’ll be entered to win a room for two at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT! Check out Lake Morey Resort’s website for details on accomodations and amenities. VEEP often holds trainings and conferences at this venue, and the waterfront location can’t be beat — we love lunch on the deck overlooking the lake, or going for a quick paddle before dinner.

The more you give, the better the odds: A $75 donation gets you three chances to win, $100 gets you four chances, etc.

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A quick peek at the resort:





By |November 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meet Brian Betournay, NH Program Manager

Meet Brian Betournay, VEEP’s newest staff person! He is helping us expand and solidify our offerings in the Granite State in his role as program manager for the New Hampshire Energy Education Project.

Brian has taught middle and high school for more than 10 years, most recently in the seacoast region of NH. He has a BA from the University of New Hampshire in earth science teaching and geography, and a M.Ed. in educating for sustainability from Antioch University New England.

“I get excited about the process of collaboration, especially when I can see that it’s leading to meaningful learning opportunities for students,” Brian says. “I look forward to talking to NH teachers about what they’re already doing and how I can support those efforts.”

When not working, Brian can be found getting a nature/adventure fix with his wife and two young children.

Be in touch: brian@veep.org.

By |October 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Data, Analysis, Action! VT Students Make a Difference with the Green School Energy Challenge

Barre Town seventh graders show off one of the 68 new efficient LED lighting fixtures they got to replace over 100 older fixtures. Photo courtesy Krista Battles.

We recently had the opportunity to write about our Green School Energy Challenge program for the Green Schools National Network. Here’s a teaser; click the link below to read the full article and learn about the great work being done by students around the state!

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Students across Vermont are not just learning about the global effects of climate change. They are taking that learning to the next step: action on the local level.

These students are leading school projects to install new energy-efficient lighting, weigh and track school waste, measure insulation, educate parents about the negative effects of idling, and create community public service announcements on saving energy. One school reduced its electricity bill by a remarkable 21% through conservation measures alone.

These students — along with their climate-conscious teachers — are participating in the Green School Energy […]

By |August 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Summer Institute scholarships for northern VT & NH teachers

VEEP is offering substantial scholarships for our Summer Institute to teachers in both Essex County, VT, and Coos County, NH, and nearby towns. For teachers in these rural northern areas, the course fee and credit fee will be half-price, and lodging in a shared room is free for the week, thanks to funding from the Tillotson Foundation.

Click here for a PDF with details on scholarships and a registration form. You can also contact Cara at info@veep.org for more info.

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VEEP’s Summer Institute is a five-day summer program is created to give teachers of grades K–12 the opportunity to deepen their understanding of Next Generation Science Standards, energy, and climate through hands-on exploration, discussions with experts, field trips, and collaboration time for unit creation. Using the three-dimensional learning of NGSS as the pedagogical foundation, you will explore the science content and method of topics such as renewable technologies, climate change, sustainability, and energy project-based learning. You will develop additional strategies and learning opportunities to engage […]

By |April 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tips for collaboration between schools & community partners

Both schools and community groups can benefit from collaborations that are strong and authentic. Service learning opportunities that allow students to get involved in their community working on real problems can enrich education. However, the help that is offered to schools or asked of teachers must match students’ needs.

Get the handout

VEEP has developed a new two-page overview for community partners — energy committees, businesses, community organizations, or other groups — of suggestions for working with schools. Click here to download the Collaborating with Schools handout.

Be included in the VEEP database

VEEP is also compiling a list of schools and list of partners who are interested in collaborating. We will connect folks who have similar interests and needs. To add your information to this list, fill out this short form.

By |December 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

VEEP to expand programming to New Hampshire

The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) will be bringing its hands-on programming across the Connecticut River to New Hampshire teachers and schools in the coming school year.

“New Hampshire doesn’t have an organization doing energy education programming in schools, discount ” says Cara Robechek, vialis 40mg VEEP’s executive director. “We saw this as an opportunity to help teachers bring this education into their classes.”

VEEP recently received a grant from the Putnam Foundation to make that opportunity a reality. This first year of funding will kickstart what VEEP hopes will be an ongoing relationship with its neighboring state. VEEP is actively seeking additional funding to increase this year’s offerings and continue to serve New Hampshire schools in future years.

“We hope to be able to expand our services in New Hampshire during the coming year, malady ” says Robechek, “and we’d love if our energy advocates in New Hampshire would let teachers know about our programming.”

By |July 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

We Won a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence!

Executive Director Cara Robechek, <a href=physician right, adiposity with Deb Markowitz, cialis secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.” width=”300″ height=”226″ /> Executive Director Cara Robechek, right, with Deb Markowitz, secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources.

VEEP was presented with a Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence last Thursday, April 28, at the State House in Montpelier. The award recognizes VEEP’s contribution to energy literacy in Vermont schools and communities, which has expanded dramatically in the last three years.

“It is great to have this recognition that the work we are doing around the state is making a difference in the communities we reach,” says Cara Robechek, VEEP’s executive director. “We are now working with about a third of the schools in Vermont, and hope to be able to work with even more schools in the coming year.”

VEEP brings hands-on, interactive workshops directly into classrooms, making energy a core part of science curricula […]

By |May 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Killington Elementary Green Team- Recycling Project

Our Green Team showed the school a Power Point on the importance of recycling paper, ask and of reducing paper use in general.  They are collecting recycled papers and making notebooks for each student.

By |March 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments