(Fort Collins, CO) July 19, 2017 –REcharge Labs®, the creators of hands-on renewable energy activities, kits and comprehensive teaching training, is hosting its annual week-long teacher training called the REcharge Academy at Colorado State University (CSU) from July 17-21, 2017. The programming blends lectures from industry experts, tours of energy facilities, and replicable hands-on K-12 lessons so the 26 participants will be able to lead engaging renewable energy education initiatives in their classrooms and communities back home.
REcharge Labs partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind for Schools Project, facilitated by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and other sponsors to make this year’s Academy a reality. The Wind for Schools Project works to develop a future wind energy workforce by installing wind turbines at K-12 host schools, implementing renewable energy curriculum and training teachers to lead interactive lessons in order to bring the wind turbine into the classroom. For more than six years, REcharge Labs has worked with the Wind for Schools Project to identify enthusiastic teachers and train them to become renewable energy experts who can then host trainings in their communities.
DOE funded 16 scholarships for educators from around the country to attend the Academy. In addition, Pattern Energy sponsored five scholarships to help educators attend, EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) sponsored four scholarships for educators to attend and CSU’s Powerhouse Energy Institute is hosting the training. Academy participants will tour the Institute’s Advanced Solar Energy Labs and Microgrid Research Facilities and will attend presentations led by guest speakers from the Institute.
“NREL, the Wind for Schools Project, and REcharge Labs have a passion for renewable energy education and community outreach,” said Mark Jacobson, NREL Senior Project Leader. “Partnering with them made perfect sense. Additionally, Colorado is one of 12 states supporting the Wind for Schools Project so hosting the REcharge Academy at CSU is a perfect fit.”
After successfully completing the Academy, all attendees become REcharge Instructors and are certified to teach REcharge Labs programming locally. Since 2008, the REcharge Instructor Network has grown to include more than 350 REcharge Instructors who have trained more than 20,000 teachers across the U.S.
“At REcharge Labs, we seek to engage and inspire today’s students to become the innovative renewable energy leaders of tomorrow,” said Asia Ward, co-Director of REcharge Labs. “Our mission is to provide effective hands-on learning resources that bring renewable energy education to teachers and their students worldwide.”
For a detailed program guide for this year’s REcharge Academy, click here.
About REcharge Labs
REcharge Labs generates resources for learners to creatively explore wind and solar power. The company seeks to engage and inspire today’s K-12 students, educators, makers and tinkerers to become the innovative renewable energy leaders of tomorrow by offering effective hands-on learning activities and kits, educator professional development, online engineering design challenges, and lessons. REcharge Labs also provides community outreach to partnering companies, energy developers, museums, state agencies, and more. For more information, visitrechargelabs.org.