Early Energy Engineering

Photo: Ryann Estey, left, and Barry King, at a Jan 2018 Early Energy Engineering training. Photo by Jacqueline O'Brien / The Citizen.

Early Energy Engineering is a volunteer teaching program aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards for kindergarten through fifth grade. Parents, teens and other community volunteers are trained by a VEEP educator to lead lessons on sun, wind, weather, and electricity, for K-5 students in a local school, using kits of materials built by VEEP. Students will explore the energy of the sun and wind through hands-on engineering activities specifically designed for grade bands K/1, 2/3, or 4/5. The volunteer lessons can also be supplemented with in-class workshops provided by VEEP educators.

The EEE program began as a partnership between VEEP, the Hinesburg Community School, and NRG Systems in 2017. Hinesburg community members continue to lead energy lessons for their youngest students through this program.

This program is on hold for 2020 due to COVID, but if you are interested in bringing this program to your school in the future contact Laura MacLachlan, program manager and energy educator, at laura@veep.org.​​​