“Great real-world connections and hands on activities kept students very engaged and connected to the topic. Laura is an excellent instructor who brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm with her to the lesson.”
fifth grade teacher who had Electricity & the Environment workshop in their class
“Julian was AMAZING! He was engaging, used grade-appropriate language, and really shared his love of science. He was patient and valued everyone’s input. My class loved him!”
second grade teacher who had Solar FUNdamentals workshop in their class
“Laura’s presentation covered all modalities of learning, especially visual models and excellent hands-on activities. From the first call to set up this program to the last day of this program, things ran really smoothly.”
fourth grade teacher who had Renewables by Design workshop in their class
“The greenhouse effect model is very effective and gives students direct evidence about the effect of greenhouses on temperature. It’s a great way to start a climate change unit.”
middle school teacher who had Modeling Climate Science workshop in their class
“This workshop really clarifies how heat transfers in our lives and why it’s important to conserve our home heat. Excellent visuals and minds-on work that students won’t soon forget.”
eighth grade teacher who had Button Up workshop in their class

 

Energy Teaching Partner Workshops

Formerly In-Class Workshops — Newly Revised and Expanded

Our in-class workshops, a cornerstone of VEEP programming for many years, are deepening to become a teaching partner experience. A VEEP educator will work with you to embed a VEEP NGSS-aligned energy workshop into your energy or climate curriculum, come into your classroom to co-teach the lessons, and provide follow-up support. Before the workshop, work by phone or email with your VEEP educator to tweak lesson plans and worksheets to suit your students. Then the educator will arrive with all materials and equipment to collaboratively run the workshop with you over one or two days. Educators can also help you with additional equipment needs and suggestions for other lessons and curriculum ideas for your unit of study.

See list of possible workshop topics below sign-up form.


Sign up for an Energy Teaching Partner Workshop!

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Equipment Kits

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Energy Teaching Partner Workshops are $175 per session, or $325 for multiple classes in one day. How are you planning to fund this work? Check all that apply.
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Possible workshop topics:

Sun FUNdamentals: Light & Shadows  |  grades K–3

Introduce your youngest students to solar energy, light, and shadows with this unit for K–3 that incorporates engineering principles in engaging, hands-on lessons, using NGSS and Common Core as frameworks. The FUNdamentals engineering lessons focus on design with an emphasis on students sharing their ideas and methods. In a lab style environment, students simulate the sharing community between engineers and scientists to create a community of learners. We can train volunteers to lead this workshop in your local community, as well. Sun & Wind FUNdamentals is also used in the TRY for the Environment program, a collaboration between VEEP and UVM Extension 4-H, where teens are trained to teach these lessons to younger students. 


Wind FUNdamentals: Using Wind to Do Work  |  grades K–3

Introduce your youngest students to wind energy with this unit for K–3 that incorporates engineering principles in engaging, hands-on lessons, using NGSS and Common Core as frameworks. These engineering lessons focus on design with an emphasis on students sharing their ideas and methods. In a lab-style environment, students simulate the sharing community between engineers and scientists to create a community of learners. We can train volunteers to lead this workshop in your local community, as well. Sun & Wind FUNdamentals is also used in TRY for the Environment program, a collaboration between VEEP and UVM Extension 4-H, where teens are trained to teach these lessons to younger students.


Magnetism  |  grade 3

Students explore magnets and lay the foundation for learning about electricity in later grades.


Electricity & the Environment  |  grades 4–10

Students learn about the discovery of electricity and how it powers our world, from Faraday’s Coil to our modern energy economy. Students take turns generating it on their own with different hand-powered and foot-powered activities, including taking a spin on our energy bike. 


Renewables By Design: An Intro to Energy Engineering  |  grades 5–10

Students are challenged to think like engineers tasked with reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. This workshop helps students develop their understanding of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy and to adapt renewable energy design parameters to produce the greatest amount of electricity and positively affect the environment.  Through a series of hands-on wind, solar, and hydro stations, students test variables, collect and analyze data, and start to construct explanations and solutions from the evidence. 


Button Up: Weatherization & Thermal Energy  |  grades 6–12

Students consider how they can use less energy to heat their home while still keeping it at a comfortable temperature. Button Up demonstrates the concepts of thermal energy transfer and familiarizes students with different insulation materials and their roles in heat transfer and slowing heat loss. After exploring data from four model houses with various levels of insulation and sealing, students test and investigate the thermal characteristics of insulating and air-sealing materials under different conditions. Button Up for high school also highlights a home heating challenge, where students play the role of new homeowners, researching and “purchasing” weatherization improvements for their new home.

VEEP recommends that middle school teachers follow the Button Up in-class workshop with our new Thermal Energy Extension: Weatherization Design Challenge, an engineering extension that challenges students to construct the most energy efficient model houses they can. VEEP offers use of a curriculum support kit that includes materials to run the extension.


 Modeling Climate Science  |  grades 6–8

Middle school students develop their understanding of factors that have caused a rise in global temperatures over the past century with emphasis on the major role that human activities play. Students test and compare bottle models of two “Earths” — one without CO2 and one with added CO2 — to collect evidence and formulate a claim about the relationship between greenhouse gases and temperature, participate in a brief scientist meeting to discuss their claims, and plan and carry out a new investigation.The workshop incorporates NGSS practices and core ideas, and skills such as asking questions, specifying relationships between variables, and clarifying arguments and models are highlighted. 


smarttech-balloonsSmart Technology & Climate Change  |  grades 9–12

High school students explore electricity use and smart meters to answer this question: How can new technologies in electrical metering reduce electrical usage and subsequently reduce CO2 emissions? 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 then introduced to the newest technology in electrical metering and are given the opportunity to examine the applications and implications of this new technology.


Green Energy Careers  |  grades 10–12

Give your students a hands-on overview of the tools, concepts and pathways that lead to careers in renewable energy generation and energy efficiency. In the first part of this workshop, students manipulate photovoltaics and wind generators to figure out optimal design and installation for power generation. The second part introduces tools and concepts in energy efficiency careers, specifically thermal and lighting efficiency. In conclusion, students interact with informational materials addressing the future of green careers and explore the specifics of various career pathways. An informational packet including certification, licensure and education programs will be provided to participating classrooms, enabling easy follow-up for interested students.


Eco-Driving  |  for driver’s ed classes

Bring VEEP to your driver’s education class for a lively presentation on maintaining and operating your vehicle in ways that save the most energy.