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ECD Announces 2012 Energy Camps for K-12 Teachers

Friday, January 27, 2012 | 03:52am

Statewide Camps Help Teachers Design Energy Education Programs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Energy Division announced today that applications are now available online for the 2012 Energy Camps. The four-day educational sessions provide K-12 teachers with the information and resources needed to teach the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom and to guide students in becoming leaders in their school and community.

“It is essential to teach the next generation of energy consumers about the benefits and importance of conservation,” Molly Cripps, director, ECD Energy Division, said. “Lowering energy costs and promoting conservation will ultimately help create a more sustainable energy future and encourage economic growth.”

K-12 teachers are invited to apply for one of the following two camps: Pickwick Landing State Park Inn in Pickwick Dam, June 5-8; or Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, June 12-15. Teams of two teachers per school will work together at the camps to develop and conduct an energy education program.

Teams selected to participate in Energy Camp will be provided with complementary lodging and meals and will receive a $500 reimbursable grant to help fund each school’s energy education program. Applications are available online at http://www.tn.gov/ecd/CD_energy_education.html and are due by April 13.

The Energy Camps will address required curriculum standards and help teachers integrate energy activities into not only science, but math, language arts, social studies and visual and performing arts lessons. The Camps will focus on creating real-world situations in the classroom and collecting and analyzing data, in order to evaluate and improve the school’s energy usage. The 2012 Energy Camps will also include a full-day field trip to energy-related sites. The ECD Energy Division Energy Education Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy‘s State Energy Program.

For more information, contact the Energy Hotline, 800-342-1340, or email Chyrall Dawson Chyrall.Dawson@tn.gov.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.

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