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Teachers and Workshops About Clean Energy

NESEA    Yobo Member
March 29th, 2011



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The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) announces the continuation of teacher workshops for the  Clean Energy for a Clean Environment program (CECE) in Western Massachusetts.  Through  funding from  Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo),  NESEA is able to continue to provide teachers and  educators with hands-on curricular training in renewable energy.

In Fall 2010 NESEA was awarded $14,800 in funding from WMECo to support educator training workshops on renewable energy. If you are a formal or non-formal educator and you are a WMECo customer, you are eligible to receive free training on the different types of renewable energy, with a focus on facilitating solar energy projects in the classroom. Learn about local field trip opportunities, how solar and wind energy works, and how to integrate concepts of renewable energy into your science, engineering, design and technology teaching programs.  CECE curricular units are designed to fit the Massachusetts State Frameworks for Kindergarten through Twelfth grade.  Complimentary educational kits are available to participants.

“The Clean Energy for a Clean Environment program is a great way to introduce the concept of renewable energy and its applications to students. There are lots of activities to choose from, can be very self directed, and we are so grateful that WMECo is extending our ability to demonstrate how this program works. It has been so successful and students and scout groups alike love it!” said Arianna Alexsandra Grindrod, NESEA’s Education Director. “On the NESEA Web site we have free downloadable learning activities, project suggestions, helpful links, and nearly 100 potential field trip sites across Massachusetts. It’s a really fun and educational set of curricular units and we have teachers, youth club leaders, and parents from across the nation contacting us on how their children can earn a patch or certificate.”

Through prior funding from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, NESEA offers online for free download, the curricular units Clean Green Power and Wind Wisdom and award certificates and Girl Scout Patches (for ages 6-18 and 12-18 respectively) to help youth learn about current renewable energy use in their community and spread the news through community service projects. Through continuing grant funding from WMECo, NESEA is able to offer educators more support in ways to apply these programs and integrate them into classroom units, after-school and community mentoring programs and scout badges.

CECE is for teachers, non-formal educators, home school parents and community mentors such as scout leaders, after-school clubs, and Big Brothers Big Sisters interested in providing students with extracurricular activities.  CECE Solar Sense workshops are available throughout Western MA this spring. Register today! If you or your school or organization is interested in participating in and/or scheduling a workshop or information session, please call NESEA at (413) 774-6051 ext. 21 or visit NESEA on the web at www.nesea.org for a list of current workshops.

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is the nation’s leading regional membership organization focused on promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of energy conservation and non-polluting, renewable energy technologies. For more than thirty years, NESEA has facilitated and enhanced a network of professionals, practitioners, and other citizens in pursuit of responsible energy use. Our mission is to  advance the adoption of sustainable energy practices within the built environment. Our programs and activities focus on the northeastern United States, from Washington, D.C. to Maine. NESEA is a chapter of the American Solar Energy Society. The NESEA K-12 Education Department offers professional development opportunities and resources for teachers and non-formal educators, and curriculum and programs on energy efficiency and energy conservation, and on forms and applications of renewable energy.

Story originally appeared at NESEA

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