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Washington Stem educator solar institute

Solar Institute Class of 2017

Program Summary

Learn how to teach solar principles in effective, engaging ways in your classroom! Local STEM teachers can join us at Shoreline Community College for the Washington STEM Educator Solar Institute. Learn to install and commission a residential size solar photovoltaic array. You’ll perform hands-on classroom lab activities that will enable you to bring solar energy to life in your classroom.


When: Tuesday-Thursday, July 10-12, 2018
Where: Hosted by Shoreline Community College
Cost: FREE for 20 selected nominees; each participant will receive $300 stipend upon completion of the institute 
Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2018; late applications considered if space available on a rolling basis

 

The Solar Institute is great because it’s taught me concepts I can easily bring back into the classroom and use to engage and foster my students’ interest in green energy.

—Craig Patterson, 2017 Institute Participant

 

Benefits

  • Three days of interactive, high-engagement instruction in cutting-edge solar technology
  • $300 stipend paid upon completion of the institute
  • Lesson plans, videos and teaching resources to keep
  • Expert instructors nationally recognized in renewable energy curriculum

  • STEM Integration Clock hours available
  • Breakfast and lunch each day

 

Highlights from Past Institute

Teachers go green at the Washington STEM Educator Solar Institute

 

Institute Objectives

  1. Participants will become familiar with solar photovoltaic technology by working with PV technology and installing a PV system.
  2. From their Institute laboratory experiences, participants will develop at least one solar PV laboratory lesson for use in their classroom during the 2018-19 school year.
  3. Following the Institute, participants will provide meaningful feedback on their experiences teaching solar PV concepts and lessons from ideas and materials developed at the Institute.
  4. While at the Institute, participants will discuss and share their unique previous experiences in teaching about energy, renewable energy, and solar photovoltaic energy.
  5. Participants will develop supportive educational relationships among participants with whom they share similar educational circumstances or interests.

Requirements

This program is designed for 20 middle school or high school instructors in science, technology, engineering, math, or career/technical training fields. Applicants should complete the online application form by the priority deadline, March 1, 2018; late applications may be considered if space is still available on a rolling basis.

Application Process

The application includes biographic information and 3 short-answer essays about your interest or experience with solar. Selection will be based on how well participants will be able to fulfill the institute objectives, including utilizing institute lesson plans into your future curriculum.

Priority application deadline: March 1, 2018; late applications considered if space available on a rolling basis.

Apply

 

Expert Instructors

Ryan Bradt

  • Renewable Energy Instructor, Shoreline Community College
  • Assistant Training Director, Puget Sound Electrical JATC
  • Adjunct PV Instructor, Solar Energy International (SEI)

Howard Lamb, MSEE

  • Renewable Energy Instructor, Shoreline Community College
  • Founder & Principle Engineer, Sunergy Systems

Partners

Promotional partners include South Seattle College, Cascadia College, and Washington State University. This material is supported by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Program under Grant #1665227 and #1406320. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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Program Director of Clean Energy Technology
Louise Petruzzella
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