Energy technology class 2012

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  • Say: one of the key points for creating this class to create another class purpose is to make more math and science elective classes.
  • This class is for all students, the pre-requisite is a C in Algebra so it is not for just the high end students.My hope is this class will spark student’s interest and possibly a career,,in science, engineering or businessfocused on energy
  • What they will learnThe Science of Energy Physics: Forms of Energy, energy conversion (Ie, chemical to kinetic)Energy Consumption Locally, Country to country, trends into the futureRenewable and Non-renewable Energy Sources Coal, Natural Gas, Nuclear, Wind, Solar, bio-fuels, tidal energy, algae World Geographical Stockpiles - where and how much is there? Pros and Cons of each typeGeneration of Electricity Mechanical: How does a generator work? Chemical: Photovoltaic CellsTransmission How do homes and factories get electricity? Why are transmission lines high voltage? What is a smart grid?Energy for Transportation Why do we like oil/gasoline so well? What else might we use?Connection: fuels/ economy/ environment Global to National to Local. Reducing waste – City of Pocatello is conducting an energy audit – saves $$ in the long run How do fuel prices effect the economy? How can we avoid volatility?Efficient use of Energy Energy Star appliances, insulation in homes Conservation in our homes
  • How they will learn it.Duel enrollment to get kids a head start onto a technical or professional major about energyLaboratory at ESTEC includes pressure/temp/vol experiments work with hydropower, wind turbine, solar thermal and photo voltaicGuest speakers from INL, ESTEC, the city of PocatelloField trips to the Pocatello wastewater facility that produces methane and makes electricity. American Falls Resevoir –hydropower Education Best practices say that students learn best from problem solving and active learning. I would like to demonstrate: Hand out helicopters paperclips and scissors.
  • Solar for Schools Includes:educational materialsOn line website of produced power teacher training/ support a solar-electric installation
  • Over 60 students signed a petition saying they would be interestedAttractive to students interested and those not normally headed for a career in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)
  • Say” over half” expected to retire and Must Be Replaced.INL is leading regional and national efforts to ensure a new generation of technicians and technologists are trained to replace the aging energy work force.
  • I have had direct contact with all these people, and all express a strong interest in having a class at the high school level.Partners for ProsperityReduce poverty in Eastern Idaho Community Focus: low income, minority populationPromote more effective K-12 education Pathways to science/tech fields (STEM) CareersSkilled regional workforce Partners: National Energy Foundation, Idaho Tech Prep, other programs Idaho National Laboratory (INL )“STEM education is a priority for the U.S. Department of Energy.” INL and Battelle Energy Alliance, a nonprofit organization that operates the lab for DOEPartners for Prosp. :Focus is on traditionally under-represented groups in this field Create a pathway to STEM careers thus providing idaho with a skilled workforce.
  • Pass out copies,Read first two paragraphs, and last paragraph
  • A decline in both the quantity and quality of students pursuing careers in science,technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is widely noted in policy reports, the popularpress, and by policymakers. Fears of increasing global competition compound the perception thatthere has been a drop in the supply of high-quality students moving up through the STEMpipeline in the United States. Yet, is there evidence of a long-term decline in the proportion ofAmerican students with the relevant training and qualifications to pursue STEM jobs?Top students are not pursuing STEM careers.This meets the need.Showcase projects for all science classesInvolve parents and communityMulti- discipline Focus: Math, Science, English, History, Economics, TechnologyPossibly state wide publicicy

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  • 1. Pocatello /Chubbuck School District 25 Energy Technology Class A Pocatello High School Science Elective Linda Engle PHS Mathematics / Physics
  • 2. Energy Technology Class• Content• Methods• Purpose of the class – For students – For Idaho – For District 25
  • 3. Energy Technology Overview: Class Content• Hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) based course focusing on – Energy Production – Consumption – Conservation
  • 4. Energy Technology: Class Content• The physics of energy: Potential / Kinetic• How to generate electricity – Physics of motors: magnets & electricity – Thermodynamics of power plants• Electricity transmission: circuits / power• Fossil Fuel Resources and Nuclear Energy• Renewable Energy Resources
  • 5. Energy Technology: Methods• Classroom instruction• Laboratory work (Energy Systems Technology Education Center, ESTEC)• Guest speakers• Field trips to power generating facilities• Problem solving and active learning
  • 6. Energy Technology: MethodsPossible Projects• Make a generator and explore hydropower• Make a poster: explain a coal or nuclear power plant• Make and optimize the blades on a wind turbine• Explain how to convert sunlight directly to electricity• Enter the Idaho Science Fair
  • 7. Purpose of Energy Technology: StudentsAcademic Credit• Three Transferable college credits – College of Technology at Idaho State University – Energy Systems Technology Education Center (ESTEC)• High School credit – Science Elective Credit
  • 8. Purpose of Energy Technology: Students• Reinforces most high school Idaho Science Achievement Standards – Nature of Science – Physical Science – Earth and Space Systems – Personal and Social Perspectives: Technology• Broadens math and science elective options• Topic of current interest for all students – 60 PHS Seniors signed a petition of interest• Can lead to careers in the energy field
  • 9. Purpose of Energy Technology: StudentsDid the class accomplish it’s mission?• Entrance and exit survey assessed students’ – Knowledge of energy technology – Interest in STEM careers• Results from survey showed a 40% increase in topics related to energy & careers
  • 10. Purpose of Energy Technology: Idaho• U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics – Workers in the energy industry: 54% are expected to retire within the next 10 years – Recently rated the outlook for energy jobs as “excellent.”• INL Energy Workforce Initiative: INL is leading efforts to replace aging energy work force “The need for highly trained and qualified maintenance technicians and operations staff is especially acute.”
  • 11. Purpose of Energy Technology: IdahoEnergy Education Partners in SE Idaho• ESTEC – Provides the only training in the nation related to instrumentation and automation in the energy sector.• Partners for Prosperity – Reduce poverty in Eastern Idaho Community – Promote more effective K-12 education• Idaho National Laboratory (INL ) “STEM education is a priority for the U.S. Department of Energy”
  • 12. Purpose of Energy Technology: IdahoIdaho State Journal Commentary by Governor Butch Otter July 25, 2010
  • 13. Why Energy Technology in D25?• Need for more Science and Math Electives• Collaboration: D25 and College of Technology• D25 will have first Energy Technology class in ID• After proof of concept in D25, Energy Technology could be taught in other high schools across Idaho
  • 14. Energy Technology Summary• Solves need for more math and science electives• Idaho’s high-tech companies: “homegrown technical people” Sparks STEM interest creating needed workforce• College of Technology collaboration w/ D25• First D25 / Idaho energy class
  • 15. Energy Technology Class end