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Sturgeon Bay Utilities hosts energy education training course for teachers

Sturgeon Bay, Wis., July 15 – Wisconsin teachers have plenty of energy-related materials to share with their students this fall because of a commitment to improve energy education in schools. On June 16 and 17, Sturgeon Bay Utilities (SBU) hosted the K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP), a statewide energy education training course.

Teachers from Peninsula Christian School, St. John Bosco, Sturgeon Bay High School, Sunset School, and T.J. Walker Middle School participated in the course and learned approaches to leading renewable energy hands-on activities and discussions. The teachers gained classroom-based strategies for analyzing energy information and creating techniques to enhance students' understanding of renewable energy.

All teachers received an electricity monitor to take back to their schools to teach students the basics of household electricity consumption. These monitors were donated by SBU. Teachers from both communities received tuition scholarships from the utility and Focus on Energy.

The KEEP course is designed for teachers who want to bring renewable energy concepts into their classroom, offering the next step in renewable energy hands-on activities, classroom discussions and classroom-based applications. The course provides renewable energy curriculum designed for use in K-12 classrooms.

In addition to the KEEP course, SBU hosted a variety interactive learning activities for teachers, including:

  • The display of the SBU’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
  • Tours of SBU’s wastewater treatment plant
  • Educational demonstration of the photovoltaic Solar Flairs at the Sturgeon Bay Fire Station
  • Tour of a local renewable energy business, Lake Michigan Wind & Sun

"SBU is pleased to host the KEEP course and provide teachers with the necessary tools and resources to educate the next generation of energy users," said Jim Stawicki, SBU general manager.

KEEP is a partnership between Focus on Energy and the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. For more information, contact Sturgeon Bay Utilities at (920) 746-2820 or visit http://www.uwsp.edu/cnr/wcee/keep/.

Local teachers from Sturgeon Bay participated in the "Doable Renewables" course hosted by Sturgeon Bay Utilities.

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