BOONE — A total of 44 educators from across North Carolina attended renewable energy workshops for teachers held this summer 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 the Appalachian Energy Center
The Appalachian Energy Center (AEC) 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 multidisciplinary environment that leverages the expertise of faculty, staff and students from across the university as a resource for private industry, local, state and federal governments, as well as nonprofits. Through its outreach programs and research, the Appalachian Energy Center benefits communities and citizens across the state by helping create new jobs, businesses and increased investment and income. Learn more at https://energy.appstate.edu.
About the Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics
Since 2008, Appalachian State University’s Research Institute for Environment, Energy, and Economics (RIEEE) has fostered interdisciplinary research on the environment, energy and economics, especially the areas in which these subjects intersect. The institute serves as an umbrella organization for three centers: the Appalachian Energy Center, Center for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA) and the Southern Appalachian Environmental Research and Education Center (SAEREC). The work supported by RIEEE is integrated into Appalachian’s academic programs, used to facilitate discovery among K-12 student students and teachers, and employed in the region’s economic development. Learn more at https://rieee.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier, public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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