2017-2018 Energy Education Camps & Workshops

2017 Energy Education Workshops

Neely's Bend Elementary School

OEP hosted its first series of Energy Education Workshops at Neely’s Bend Elementary School at the end of August 2017. The Workshops focused on the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse, educating students about a variety of related solar energy topics. Students experimented with radiometers and solar balloons in celebration of the special event. The students also built solar cars and made bracelets using UV beads and pipe cleaner. A total of 448 (excited and screaming) students attended the workshops, and each student took home a map featuring the path of totality across the U.S. and eclipse viewing glasses.  Additionally, a total of 100 educational eclipse booklets were distributed to the third grade classes. 

 

 

2017 Energy Education Camps

The 2017 Energy Camps were comprised of three-day training sessions.  Special breakout sessions were conducted with grade-level clusters to ensure that all participating teachers left the Camps with ideas for their classrooms.

2017 Energy Education Camps for Educators were held at Montgomery Bell State Park from June 13-15 and Pickwick Landing State Park from June 20-22. In addition to addressing Tennessee science curriculum standards, the camps offered “team building” energy-related activities for teachers, such as plug loads, a solar scavenger hunt, a game of Energy Jeopardy, and the construction of energy houses . Furthermore, this year’s 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


Pickwick


Montgomery Bell

Curriculum includes:

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


Pickwick


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 this year’s camps, OEP 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.


2017 Montgomery Bell Energy Camp


Building a solar oven


Using a radiometer


Experimenting with solar education kit

   

Measuring plug loads

Using wind kits

Using solar beads

Hosting an Energy House Competition

   

 

2017 Pickwick Energy Camp


Demonstrating a solar balloon


Learning about electric circuits


Learning about electric circuits

   

Using melting blocks

Using melting blocks

Playing Energy Jeopardy

Playing Energy Jeopardy

Hosting an Energy House Competition

 

 

For information on 2017 Energy Camp activities or resources used, please contact Angela McGee.