Sunday, June 23, 2013

Teacher takes part in renewable energy course


Students at Westside Elementary School will learn more about wind and solar energy, fuel cells, green home design and more in the years ahead because of a unique course aimed at educating teachers about renewable energy.
Carolyn Yager, a teacher at Westside Elementary, recently participated in Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education in the Classroom, created by the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program.
Reedsburg Utility Commission provided Yager with a $425 scholarship for the two-day course as part of the Commitment to Community dollars the utility contributes locally each year. The utility’s power supplier, WPPI Energy, sponsored the class.
The course offered teachers topics for classroom discussion and hands-on activities to help teachers enhance their students’ understanding of renewable energy. Aimed at grades five through 12, the curriculum is adaptable to younger grades as well. Additional courses are available to teachers online and in person at various locations.
“KEEP courses help teachers incorporate important lessons into their science curriculum about renewable energy,” said utility General Manager Brett Schuppner. “Through their efforts, our next generation of customers will better understand the benefits of renewables and how to use energy wisely.”
The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education launched KEEP in 1995 as a public-private partnership between educators and energy professionals to promote energy education throughout the state.