2016 Energy Education Camps

2016 Energy Education Camps

2016 Energy Education Camps were held at Montgomery Bell State Park from June 6-10 and Pickwick Landing State Park from June 13-17. In addition to addressing Tennessee science curriculum standards, the camps offered “team building” energy-related activities for teachers, such as energy bingo and the construction of solar ovens , model fuel cell cars, and energy houses . Furthermore, the 2016 campers received educational products to utilize in their energy-related education lessons, including both Electric Circuits Kitbooks and Kill-A-Watt meters.

Staff

Angela McGee, Energy Camp Coordinator/Director
Lori Likins, Elementary Session Coordinator​
Linda Phipps, Middle/High School Session Coordinator  

Session Resources

(1) The Electric Circuits Kitbook, a Tennessee-made educational tool, merges the features of a hands-on science kit with those of a textbook in the form of a single, self-contained educational tool. With the Kitbook, students are able to study electricity and simple circuits by testing what they learn in each lesson on an actual circuit board, built into the book. The creators of KitBook joined us at the Energy Camps to demonstrate how the KitBook is intended to be used and how it can be incorporated into lesson plans.  The curriculum supplement was designed to meet National Science Education Standards.

The Electric Circuits Kitbook in Action

Curriculum includes:

What is electricity? Electricity Safety & Definitions​ ​
Simple Circuits
Batteries​
Conductors and Insulators
Switches
Series Circuits
Parallel Circuits
Electromagnetism 


Montgomery Bell


Pickwick

(2) Energy House Competition.  Camp participants learned how to teach efficiency, conservation, and economic returns by using various recycled materials to insulate a cardboard “energy house” and then test its efficiency.  Participants focused on how efficient their homes were at maintaining a set temperature and what they would do differently if they could design their houses again.

The Energy House Competition in Action


Montgomery Bell


Montgomery Bell

 

Curriculum includes:

What makes a house efficient?
Energy Efficiency Design
Building for Home Efficiency
Testing Home Efficiency

Pickwick

Pickwick

(3) Kill-a-Watt meters are innovative tools for measuring plug loads. At the 2016 Camps, an OEP Energy Consultant conducted an interactive lesson on measuring and reducing plug loads, and teachers used the Kill-a-Watt meters to measure various plug loads around the park. The lesson on plug loads was also shared with the teachers so that they can conduct similar demonstrations with their own students.


2016 Montgomery Bell Energy Camp


Experimenting with a solar bag


Experimenting with a solar bag


Building a fuel cell vehicle

   

The middle/high school session

The middle/high school session

The elementary session

Demonstrating the "drinking birds"

Hosting an Energy House Competition



Hosting an Energy House Competition

 

2016 Pickwick Energy Camp


Experimenting with fuel recovery


Experimenting with a solar bag


Experimenting with melting blocks

   

Measuring plug loads

Building a fuel cell vehicle

A second generation energy camper

Making s'mores with solar energy

Hosting an Energy House Competition

Hosting an Energy House Competition

 

For information on 2016 Energy Camp activities or resources used, please contact Angela McGee.