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Adventures in Solar Energy (Grades 9-12)

When: Jul. 10, 2017
Where: Energize Connecticut Center
Address: 122 Universal Drive North, North Haven , CT
Time: 9:00 - 3:30
Instructor(s): Lawrence Brown, David White


IMPORTANT 2017 eesmarts Workshops Updates

The eesmarts team wants to keep our professional development workshops engaging and interactive while making them available to all Connecticut educators. Please note these changes that will allow us run sustainable workshops which build capacity for Connecticut education agencies.  

  • In order to build capacity, enrollment preference will be given to educators who are new to eesmarts.  Educators registering for a workshop for the third time in three years will have the option to be placed on a standby list and will be notified one week before the workshop if there is space and will have the option to attend.
  • Electronic Handouts. Check your email! You will receive the workshop handouts via email from CREC ( or about two days before the workshop, please keep an eye out for this email.  You can print the materials and bring them if you want, or use them for reference later.
  • Please bring your own lunch. If you bring a sustainable and waste free lunch you will be entered into a raffle to win eco-friendly prizes.

Workshops are interactive and features the exploration of multiple student activities that can be adapted to a variety of middle and high school instructional situations and/or levels. The activites are structured to allow teachers to select details/portions of the activities that are appropriate for their students and grade levels. Workshop agenda items include:

  • Exploring how to describe and measure the relationships of the Sun and Earth, including direction of key locations, tracking the Sun's apparent path, measuring the intensity of sunlight and modeling the Sun - Earth movements.
  • Exploring the factors relating to the collection of the Sun's energy, including passive design, nature of surfaces, insulation "R" values and heat exchange.
  • Exploring solar-electric systems (PV), basic electric circuits, the effect of local factors such as installation angles and shading, social factors related to solar installations and the economics of solar energy through cost/benefit analysis.

Benefits of attending an eesmarts Workshop also include:

  • Receive $100 stipend (per day)
  • Receive free program lessons and materials for your classroom. All eesmarts lessons are fully aligned with Connecticut Science Framework and NGSS
  • Gain knowledge, confidence and skills for teaching your students about energy, energy conservation, renewable energy sources and efficient technologies
  • Receive a free pass to one of the Energize Connecticut museum partners

*This professional development workshop is open to CT educators only.