Two summer institutes energize teachers

A two-week Energy Institute in July helped secondary school teachers educate youth “for a better future.”

Sandra Nadelen McCann ’93, first-grade teacher at Leighton Elementary School, installs a battery in her electic motor.

Sandra Nadelen McCann ’93, first-grade teacher at Leighton Elementary School, installs a battery in her electic motor.

Themed “Energizing Education for a Better Future,” the on-campus institute provided math, science and technology teachers with activities they can implement in their current curriculum or use to develop new curricular units on energy and sustainability.

The teachers took field trips to a variety of energy facilities in the Oswego area. Topics included the nature of energy, energy conservation, alternative energy sources such as sun and wind, nuclear and radiation safety, future energy resources and energy’s connection to politics and social cultures.

In August, a four-day institute at Rice Creek Field Station helped elementary school teachers learn to deliver lessons of energy stewardship to younger
children.

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