Eighteen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers across Indiana learned ways to incorporate lessons about sustainable energy into their classrooms through intensive weeklong “boot camp” experiences that took place this summer at Rose-Hulman.
Teachers in grades 4-12 who use sustainable and alternative energies in their curriculum participating in free workshops on campus July 10-15 and June 26-July 1, provided through Rose-Hulman’s Portal Resource for Indiana Science and Mathematics (PRISM) program. These boot camps were supported by the Duke Energy Foundation and Rose-Hulman alumni Becky and Frank Levinson.
Through classroom sessions, teachers learned about energy conservation practices, solar and wind energy, hydropower, lighting systems, the US power grid, and coal and natural gas combined-cycle power plants – and how they can integrate these principles into their classroom curricula. Rose-Hulman professors providing instruction were Andy Mech, PhD, emeriti professor of mechanical engineering; Rebecca Bercich, PhD, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; and Robert Bunch, PhD, retired professor of physics and optical engineering. A guest speaker was Emily Kahren of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, an organization that manages the generation and transmission of high-voltage electricity.
Teachers also worked together on hands-on projects that could help students appreciate sustainable energy principles through building miniature windmill energy generators and solar- and fuel cell-powered cars. They visited the following alternative energy providers throughout Indiana: Duke Energy’s power plant in Cayuga; Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s power plant near West Terre Haute; Hoosier Energy Power Generating Station near Merom, Indiana; a wind farm in Benton County? and Wayne Township and North Putnam Community Schools, both of which utilize solar energy at district schools.
Upon completion, teachers received a kit of materials for laboratory activities and earned 45 professional growth points towards their Indiana teacher’s license renewal.
Since late 2002, the PRISM program has provided interactive digital learning tools and professional development workshops for Indiana teachers in STEM areas. Learn more at the PRISM website.
Teachers participating in the Sustainable Energy Boot Camps included:
Ashley Anderson, Social Studies/Technology Teacher, Lawrenceburg High School, Lawrenceburg
Lori Baker, Science Teacher, Danville Community Middle School, Danville
Miranda Barber, Social Studies/Character Education Teacher, Pierce Middle School, Merrillville
Billie Carlton, Science Teacher, Danville Middle School, Danville
Abigail Clark, Agriculture Teacher, Decatur Central High School, Indianapolis
Joshua Gill, 6th Grade Science Teacher, Test Intermediate School, Richmond
Michael Glotzbach, Science Teacher, Fuqua Elementary School, Terre Haute
Ryan Grossman, Math & Science Teacher, Indiana Digital Learning School, Evansville
Melissa Hutchinson, Biology Teacher, Shortridge High School, Indianapolis
Eric Jantzen, Natural Resources-Science Teacher, Elkhart High School, Elkhart
Harlee Koch, Science/Biology Teacher, New Castle Middle/High School, New Castle
Mary Koster, Chemistry/Biology Teacher, Bishop Knoll Institute, Hammond
Phillip Kyle Roberts, Chemistry/Life & Earth Sciences Teacher, Whiteland Community High School, Whiteland
Neil Rullman, STEM Teacher, Lawrenceburg High School, Lawrenceburg
Sheridan Smith, Physics/Chemistry Teacher, West Side Leadership Academy, Gary
Isaac Turner, Life Sciences Teacher, Terre Haute North High School, Terre Haute
Natalie Webb, Science Teacher, Westlane Middle School, Indianapolis
Michelle Woodall, Science/Math Teacher, Danville Community Middle School, Danville