Energy Education Workshops
OEP's K-12 program is partnering with the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga to offer Energy Education Distance Learning opportunities at no-cost to educators and students.
Energy Education lessons include:
- Good Vibrations: Science of Sound
- Forces and Motion
- Biofuels: Solutions for a Cleaner Tomorrow
- Sustainable Solutions: Bioenergy and Bioproducts
TDEC OEP’s K-12 Energy Education program has partnered with the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga to offer virtual learning opportunities to Tennessee students. These virtual lessons were taught live or through the View It and Do It format, allowing teachers and students to experience exciting, hands-on science lessons either in the classroom or at home. Schools that selected the View It and Do It format were provided a video of science educators performing a variety of experiments (View It) and activity kits for students to use to conduct their own experiments after watching the lesson (Do It). Lesson offerings included: Science of Sound; Forces and Motion; Electrified; Biofuels: Solutions for a Cleaner Tomorrow; and Bioenergy and Bioproducts. To date, OEP’s K-12 program has provided 10 schools with virtual energy education lessons for 665 students. Educators interested in participating in this virtual learning opportunity may contact Angela.McGee@tn.gov or Alisha.Brewer@tn.gov.
TDEC Office of Energy Program’s K-12 program partnered with Nashville based Mr. Bond’s Science Guys to host a summer schedule of Virtual Live Energy Education shows. All the same fun as the in-person shows, but from the comfort and safety of their own home. These shows were based on their Energy Education program and included demonstrations on energy-related topics, including sound energy, potential energy, chemical reactions, and radiant energy. They performed over a dozen educational experiments which lasted approximately 35-40 minutes long. The virtual program reached 18 schools and libraries with 1500+ views.
OEP traveled to Forks River Elementary in Smith County to host an after school K-12 energy education workshop for 60 students, parents, and educators. The hands on activities and demonstrations covered topics related to sound energy, potential energy, electromagnetic energy, electric circuitry, and radiant energy.
On December 19, TDEC OEP hosted two Energy Education Workshops for 98 students and educators at Millington Middle School in Shelby County. OEP partnered with the Nashville-based Science Guys program to provide demonstrations regarding energy-related topics, including transfer of energy, potential energy using Bernoulli’s Principle, electric circuitry, and radiant energy.
On November 12, OEP hosted a workshop at Merrol Hyde Magnet School for more than 100 students, educators, and parents. OEP demonstrated hands on energy concepts utilizing the Van De Graaff generator, hand boilers, and energy sticks. Students also made solar bracelets that teach them about the power of the sun and how the photochromic chemicals in the beads change color when exposed to electromagnetic radiation from the sun.
On November 7th, OEP traveled to Wilson County and hosted a K-12 Energy Education Workshops for 322 students and educators at Mount Juliet Elementary. Students and educators were provided demonstrations regarding energy-related topics, including sound energy, potential energy using Bournoulli's Principle, chemical reactions, electric circuitry, and radiant energy.
For more information regarding TDEC OEP's Energy Education Workshops, please contact Angela McGee at Angela.McGee@tn.gov or 615-532-7816.