With the 2016-2017 school year now underway, I wanted to be sure you knew about a new resource from the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – a monthly electronic newsletter titled STEM Spark – that will highlight energy technologies, energy education resources, career information and competitions for K-12 and higher education audiences.
The August 2016 newsletter is devoted to the topic of wind energy.
Click here to subscribe to the monthly newsletter.
I recently learned about the U.S. Department of Energy BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge when they announced their 2016 Infographic challenge theme: Exploring the Future American Energy Landscape. They are asking 9th- through 12th-grade student teams to use technology to research, interpret, apply, and then design an infographic that responds to one of four cross-curricular bioenergy topics:
Workforce and Education
Science and Technology
Even better, the Energy Department and the Library of Congress have provided all of the tools necessary to integrate this challenge into your curriculum or offer it as an after-school activity!
BioenergizeME Research Strategy Guide
BioenergizeME Resource Library
To be considered for the competition, infographics must be submitted by March 4, 2016.
Check out the 2015 winning infographics on cellulosic ethanol (see above), algae and algae biofuel. One NC teacher is already planning to incorporate these winning infographics into her AP Environmental Science class by having her students review and critique the infographics to decide which of the three they would fund for further development.
Here are a few resources for students interested in a career in the nuclear energy sector. These materials may also be useful in preparing your students for a visit by someone who works in this industry as well.
The March 2009 issue of Career Currents focuses on professionals working in the field of nuclear energy. This newsletter from the NEED Project provides educators and students with resources to introduce energy careers, with each issue focused on a different energy sector.
The Nuclear Energy Institute also provides career information on its website as well as a publication about careers that is available for download.
The American Nuclear Society has a web page devoted to careers in the field of nuclear engineering including a student brochure.
The US Navy’s website also has a web page devoted to the jobs and careers in nuclear energy available with the US Navy. The US Navy operates nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers and so must have trained Naval Reactor Engineers and Operators as well as instructors.