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STEM Educator Virtual Solar Institute 2022

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Who should apply:

· STEM teachers, High School and Community College


· Learn how solar photovoltaic power works.

· Investigate career opportunities for students.

· Explore CREATE’s collection of ready-made solar classroom lessons.

· Develop a lesson plan to implement in your classroom.

What you’ll do:

· 5-6 hours of online, virtual instruction.

· 5-6 hours working offline with CREATE lessons and solar lab equipment.

What you’ll get:

· 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).

· Professional instruction using CREATE’s lessons and equipment in your classroom.

· Lab Equipment Award application to request student sets of solar PV equipment to support teaching solar in your classroom (valued up to $1200).

· Opportunity to win up to $600 through Teaching Innovation Competitions by demonstrating effective use of your lesson plan in your classroom.

· Discussion and collaboration with solar PV teaching specialists.

Our June 2022 Virtual Workshop Schedule at a Glance

Your Instructors:

· Joel Shoemaker, Madison College – Electrical Apprentice and Renewable Energy Instructor

· Ken Walz, Madison College – Science, Engineering, and Renewable Energy Instructor

· Scott Liddicoat, Green Bay Southwest HS – Energy Education Trainer and Writer

The Sixth Annual Wisconsin STEM Educator Solar Institute

Learn how to teach solar principles in effective, engaging ways in your classroom!

Join us in Madison 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.

  • Tuesday, July 12 – Thursday, July 14, 2022
  • Class morning and afternoon at Madison College, Commercial Avenue solar laboratory
  • Hotel accommodations in downtown Madison for two nights provided, along with breakfast and lunch
  • $450 stipend paid to participants after full completion of the Academy
  • One graduate credit available (estimated cost $60)

Your Instructors:

  • Joel Shoemaker, Madison College – Electrical Apprentice and Renewable Energy Instructor
  • Ken Walz, Madison College – Science, Engineering, and Renewable Energy Instructor
  • Scott Liddicoat, Green Bay Southwest HS – Science and Renewable Energy Instructor
  • Chris Folk, Madison College – Renewable Energy Project Director

Join us in Madison!

For more information, contact Joel Shoemaker at Madison College:

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