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 learning style is more kinetic than academic.

Imagine if every student and teacher in Vermont and New Hampshire had this kind of education and support. Your donation will help VEEP bring our energy programming to more schools around the region, moving us toward sustainability in our communities, economy, and environment. Donate today!

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