Iowa Energy Center’s Chad Cook and Keith Kutz traveled to Oskaloosa High School Friday, January 25 to discuss the bright future of Iowa and its renewable energy industry to students. Mauree Haage teaches science related courses at the high school, and asked the Energy Center to explain the usage of energy in the state of Iowa to her students. Cook and Kutz gave a shared presentation to approximately 50 students in two chemistry classes about wind, solar, and biorenewable energy in the state. Lately, the classes have been focusing on renewable energy activities for students to engage in. When Cook and Kutz arrived at the school, they found mason jars full of biodiesel fuel the students created.
“As a teacher, I knew the basics, but who better than the experts to explain and help make the lesson relevant?” says Mrs. Haage. “It is my job to bring relevancy to lessons and Keith and Chad helped me do that.”
Providing these outreach services to schools is important to the Energy Center’s mission of educating Iowa on energy efficiency and renewable energy use. “We provided a means to show a value of learning beyond the classroom,” Cook says.
Kutz and Cook’s next presentation will be to 4th grade students at West Des Moines Sacred Heart School on Tuesday, February 19.