K-12 Teachers

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Middle School teachers learn about biorenewable energy in a summer academy.
Iowa NSF EPSCoR addressed teachers’ professional development needs in terms of content knowledge, delivery of inquiry-based curricula, and in understanding the nature of scientific research. To achieve this, Iowa NSF EPSCoR sponsored, expanded, and extended existing programs. What follows are some of the programs Iowa NSF EPSCoR supported for K-12 teachers.

MOOCs to Increase Educators’ Confidence in Energy Literacy

Two courses currently available: UNI Energy Basics and UNI Solar Energy. Learn more

Teachers Meet with Industry Leaders

The first annual Industry Partners in STEM Education event was held July 18.  About eighty elementary through high school STEM teachers participated. Learn more

Iowa NSF EPSCoR Energy Institute

Teachers strengthen their understanding of energy and its significance in STEM education during three-week workshops.  The workshops are led by Pat Higby, an energy educator at the University of Northern Iowa’s Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE). Read the articles, Institute Helps Teachers Teach about Iowa’s Energy Resources and Teaching the Teachers about Energy

Biorenewables Workshop

CBiRC and Iowa NSF EPSCoR worked together to host a weeklong Biorenewables workshop for a group of 21 elementary teachers.  The teachers improved their understanding of science topics and developed plans on how to engage their students in science. Learn more

Project Lead the Way (PLTW)

Iowa NSF EPSCoR expanded the existing PLTW summer instructor training for pre-college teachers by adding a 3-day program in renewable energy and energy efficiency combining lectures from the research platform faculty with hands-on laboratory training at the Iowa NSF EPSCoR platform sites, and by supporting instructors to visit the research platforms with their students twice during each school year. Learn more

ISU’s Summer Academy for Middle School Science Teachers on Biorenewables

ISU’s Summer Academy for Middle School Science teachers focused on biorenewables and provides enhanced professional development through content-based training. Read the articles, Academy Provides Teachers Professional Development in Biorenewables, Science Teachers Become Students of Biorenewables.

K-12 Educational Materials

Living with the Sun

The Iowa NSF EPSCoR Building Science team has developed a series of videos teaching energy efficiency concepts for high school physics classes. You can stream or download all four videos in the series and use them in your classroom. Learn more

The superhero C6 educational package

These materials offer a series of posters, an interactive online game, and promotional materials. Its goal is to teach students about renewable carbon, how it is made into a product, and what kind of business surrounds those biorenewable products. The package will likely continue to grow as teachers and students implement the materials into their classrooms. Learn more

Hot and Cold Curriculum

Research associate Shan He, who works with the Iowa NSF EPSCoR energy utilization team, has developed course materials that teach students about what makes a person feel hot and cold. The goal is to teach K-12 students to rely less on heating and air conditioning to regulate body temperature. The course materials cover ambient air temperature, thermal radiation, and natural ventilation. Learn more