TDEC Announces 2016 Energy Education Camps for K-12 Educators

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | 10:59am

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs today announced that applications are currently available online for the 2016 K-12 Energy Education Camps. The four-day educational sessions will provide K-12 educators with information and resources needed to teach the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom.

“Energy conservation efforts reduce costs and emissions, enhancing the quality of life for Tennesseans,” said Molly Cripps, TDEC’s director of energy programs. “This is an important message to pass along to the next generation of energy consumers from both an environmental and economic standpoint.”

While a school may be represented by one educator, it is highly recommended that teams of two educators from a school attend the camp and work together to develop and conduct an energy education program. K-12 educators are invited to apply for one of the following two camps:

Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson County, June 6-10, or,
Pickwick Landing State Park in Hardin County, June 13-17

Teams selected to participate in Energy Camp will be provided with complementary lodging and meals and will receive energy related classroom materials valued at $200. Applications are available online https://www.tn.gov/environment/article/energy-k-12-tennessee-energy-education-network and are due by April 15, 2016.

At Energy Camp, educators will participate in learning activities that make energy tangible and fun. Educators will leave Energy Camp with increased background knowledge of the science of energy, energy conservation, and clean energy technology, and will be prepared to involve students in service learning projects that promote environmental stewardship in their schools and communities.

The TDEC Office of Energy Program’s K-12 Energy Education Camps are funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy‘s State Energy Program. For more information, contact Angela McGee at Angela.McGee@tn.gov or 615-532-7816.