2012 Energy Camps planned

2012 Energy Camps planned

Posted: Monday, February 6, 2012 9:26 pm

The state Department of Economic and Community Development Energy Division has announced applications are now available online for its 2012 Energy Camps.
The four-day educational sessions provide Kindergarten-12th grade 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 of the department’s Energy Division, said. “Lowering energy costs and promoting conservation will ultimately help create a more sustainable energy future and encourage economic growth.”
Kindergarten-12th grade teachers are invited to apply for one of the following two camps:
• Pickwick Landing State Park Inn at Pickwick Dam, June 5-8.
• 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 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 state department’s Energy Division Energy Education Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy‘s State Energy Program.
For more information about the 2012 Energy Camps, contact the energy hotline, 800-342-1340, or email Chyrall Dawson Chyrall.Dawson@tn.gov.

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