Workshops

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CREATE’s workshops are designed for Renewable Energy faculty, administrators, and industry experts. 

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2024 KidWind Spring Workshops

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$10 Virtual Workshops Return!
The KidWind Project, an international leader in clean energy education, has launched its virtual workshops for this spring. The workshops are topic-specific and designed to help educators teach about renewable energy. Through the support of the NSF CREATE National Energy Center (The CREATE Center), KidWind has a number of scholarships available. If you are a middle, high school or community college instructor in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) use the coupon code, CREATEWK2024, and it will reduce your registration fee to ONLY $10
 

These fully virtual workshops will explore the power grid, hydropower, wind and solar technologies. These are hands-on workshops focus on delivering enough content knowledge to get going, as well as a wide variety of practical activities for your classroom.  No prior knowledge is needed to attend these workshops.

All teachers who pre-register will receive a $100 material kit that will be shipped directly to you before the 3-hour virtual training. At the synchronous workshop, we will go through how to use these materials in the classroom. Each session has a cap of 50 attendees so register as soon as you can!

Upcoming Workshops:

  • Solar Energy 101 – February 17th, 10AM-1PM Eastern
  • Power Grid Basics – March 16th, 10AM-1PM Eastern
  • Hydropower 101– April 20th, 10AM-1PM Eastern

2024 STEM Virtual Solar Institute

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Would you like to learn how solar PV works & develop lesson plans for your classroom? Please join CREATE for the STEM Educator Virtual Solar Institute.

Please complete the STEM Educator Virtual Solar Institute Application if you would like to attend.  

Included with the course: 

  • Six complete solar PV lesson packages (and access to many more!). 
  • $200 in solar PV equipment to implement CREATE’s lessons (classroom solar module, electrical meters, solar power meter) at no cost to you! 
  • Lab equipment award application to request student sets of solar PV equipment to support teaching solar in your classroom (valued at $1200). 
  • Professional instruction using CREATE’s lessons and equipment in your classroom. 
  • Opportunity to win up to $1000 through Teaching Innovation competitions by demonstrating effective use of your lesson plan in the classroom. 

Schedule: 

Saturday, April 13, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm CST  

Wednesday, April 17, 6:00-7:00 pm CST  

Saturday, April 20, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm CST  

Wednesday, April 24, 6:00-7:00 pm CST  

Saturday, April 27, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm CST

For questions email Liz Reinke at ereinke@madisoncollege.edu.

Save the Date! Summer 2024 STEM Solar Institute in Madison, WI
July 9-11, 2024

Wisconsin Solar Institute participants around solar installation

Learn how to teach solar principles in effective, engaging ways in your classroom! Join us in Madison, WI for the STEM Educator Solar Institute. 

At the Institute, you’ll use tools of the trade to install and commission a residential size solar photovoltaic array. You’ll review and practice necessary safety measures and electrical principles. Finally, you’ll perform (and take with you) ready to use hands-on classroom lab activities that will enable you to bring solar energy to life in your classroom. 

When: July 9-11, 2024

Where: Commercial Avenue Campus, Madison, WI

  • Class morning and afternoon at Madison College’s Commercial Avenue campus and outdoor solar photovoltaic training yard. 
  • Hotel accommodations in downtown Madison for two nights provided, along with breakfast and lunch. 
  • $600 stipend paid to participants after full completion of the Academy. 
  • Lab equipment award application to request student sets of solar PV equipment to support teaching solar in your classroom (valued at $1200). 
  • One graduate credit available (estimated cost $65). 

Apply: Applications now open 

Additional Event Information: Visit the Solar Institute Website

Save the Date! Summer 2024 STEM Solar Plus Storage Institute in Madison, WI
July 23-25, 2024

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Join us in Madison for the Solar Plus Storage Institute. You will be guided through hands-on lessons designed to teach students the fundamentals behind energy storage systems and how solar + energy storage works as a whole. Use the hands-on lessons provided during the institute in your classroom and give your students an introduction to this booming industry.

When: July 23-25, 2024

Where: Commercial Avenue Campus, Madison, WI

  • Class morning and afternoon at Madison College’s Commercial Avenue campus and outdoor solar. photovoltaic training yard.
  • Hotel accommodations in downtown Madison for two nights provided, along with breakfast and lunch.
  • $600 stipend paid to participants after full completion of the Academy.
  • Lab equipment award application to request student sets of solar PV equipment to support teaching solar in your classroom (valued at $1200). 
  • One graduate credit available (estimated cost $65).

Apply: Applications now open 

Additional Event Information: Visit the Solar Plus Storage Institute Website