• [ July 1 – 5, 2013 ]
    Lakeside Lab, Okoboji, IA

  • Workshop: EPSCoR Energy Institute


This summer at Lakeside Lab in Okoboji, Iowa, the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa will be hosting the EPSCoR Energy Institute Workshop.

Who should Participate?

4th through 12th grade science and technology teachers interested in increasing their personal understanding of energy and its significance in STEM education.


Pat Higby, Energy Education and Outreach Coordinator, UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education
Doug Hotek, Associate Professor, UNI Department of Technology

Format, Dates, Cost

June 24-28 and July 8-12

Iowa Lakeside Lab or area tours from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.

July 1-5

Independent study including home and school energy audits, videos, and quizzes.

Stipend:  $200 per day for ten days.  Participants are responsible for travel, room, and board.  Contact local hotels/motels or Lisa Roti (712.337.3669 x1) at Iowa Lakeside Lab to reserve dormitory space.

Attendance limited to 15 participants. Apply on line by June 13 at:

Applications received by May 29 receive first consideration, and will be notified of acceptance by June 4. 

Graduate credits:  $300 for 3 graduate credit hours.

Goal: To increase quality and quantity of instruction about energy efficiency

  1. Increase instructors’ energy efficiency content knowledge
  2. Grow instructors’ confidence to teach about energy efficiency
  3. Provide information about local and state energy efficiency resources
  4. Connect classroom content to instructional standards and benchmarks
  5. Distribute curricula and materials needed to teach about energy
  6. Model motivational tools to achieve change

Institute Components

  1. Tours (virtual and actual) of energy facilities and presentations by energy experts
  2. Review of science and technology standards and comparison of the 5E Learning Cycle with the Design/Problem Solving Process
  3. Energy audits and action plans by participants of their homes and schools
  4. Discussion of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and selected chapters from Switch
  5. On-line videos and quizzes
  6. Lesson plan development by participants

Each participant will receive teaching materials including:

  1. Binder with curriculum materials
  2. Infrared laser thermometer
  3. Kill-a-Watt meter
  4. Solar pinhole camera
  5. Folding solar cooker
  6. Model wind turbine
  7. Model solar car
  8. Spotlight for solar activities

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