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K-12 teachers attend renewable energy workshop at Appalachian

BOONE—A total of 44 educators from across North Carolina attended renewable energy workshops for teachers held this summer at Appalachian State University.

View larger imageA participant in a renewable energy workshop for teachers held at Appalachian State University this summer generates electricity while peddling a bicycle.View larger imageBrian Raichle, assistant chairperson of the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment Department, tests solar panels during a renewable energy workshop held at Appalachian State University.

The workshops were hosted by the Appalachian Energy Center, which is part of the Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics (RIEEE). Participants ranged from kindergarten teachers to high school environmental science and technology teachers, as well as informal educators from museums and science institutes.

The “Invigorating K12 STEM Education Through Renewable Energy” workshop was funded by a grant from the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers, coordinated by Grace Marasco-Plummer and Janet Miller from the Appalachian Energy Center. The workshop instructors were Brian Raichle, a faculty member from the Department of Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment Department, and Marta Toran, an adjunct faculty member affiliated with RIEEE.

Participants learned ways to integrate renewable energy concepts with hands-on activities in their curriculum and classrooms. Teachers from any school can check out the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) loaner kits throughout the year from Belk Library and Information Common’s Instructional Materials Center. The kits focus on topics such as solar photovoltaic technology, wind technology and energy efficiency.

About Appalachian Energy Center

The Appalachian Energy Center at Appalachian State University conducts energy research and applied program activities in the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, forecasting and modeling, economic development and policy analysis in a multi-disciplinary environment.

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