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eesmarts Summer Institute

2019 Summer Institute
 

The eesmarts program offers Professional Development workshops led by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) free-of-charge to K-12 formal and informal educators across the State of Connecticut. Workshops are interactive and cross-disciplinary, featuring inquiry-based, hands-on activities. The eesmarts Summer Institute, held in July, gives educators a chance to attend intensive workshops on various energy-related topics.

Benefits of attending an eesmarts Summer Institute Workshop include:

  • Receive free online curriculum and materials. All eesmarts lessons are fully aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards for Math & English Language Arts.
  • Gain knowledge, confidence and skills for teaching your students about energy, energy conservation, renewable energy sources and efficient technologies
  • Collaborate with peers 
  • Experience hands-on, activity-based learning 
  • Receive lesson ideas, activities, and differentiated teaching strategies 

 

2019 eesmarts Summer Institute Workshop Schedule

All workshops will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
There are a limited number of seats available for each workshop, so register today.

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Energizing Science in the Early Elementary Grades (K-2)

Tuesday
July 2, 2019
9 am – 1 pm

CREC,
111 Charter Oak Ave,
Hartford

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Participants will experience activities designed for younger students to explore the topics of the effect of heat from the sun on different surfaces; what causes day and night and how humans manipulate their environment such as by using electricity; the concepts of light and sound; states of matter; and the need of plants for sunlight and water.  Links to some e-books are provided.

Lessons include:

  • Kindergarten – How Does Sunlight Affect the Earth?
  • Grade 1 – Day and Night and Electric Light 
  • Grade 1 – Sound and Light are Energy
  • Grade 2 – Heating and Cooling Matter
  • Grade 2 - What Do Plants Need?
K-ESS3-3,
K-PS3-1,
K-PSP-2,
1-ESS1-1,
K-2 ETS1-3,
1-PS4-1,
1-PS4-2,
1-PS4-3,
1-PS4-4,
2-PS1-1,
2-PS1-4,
2-LS2-1

Solar Energy for Middle School

Monday
July 8, 2019
9 am – 1 pm

Energize CT Center,
122 Universal Drive,
North Haven

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In this newly designed workshop, participants will experience lessons involving the basic principles of solar power, how solar energy affects the water cycle and the Greenhouse Effect, and how solar energy creates wind. Also, the altitude, angle, and apparent motion of the sun will be examined and how they impact the proper placement of solar panels.

Lessons Include:

  • Solar Energy and the Water Cycle
  • Solar Power, Direct from the Sun
  • The Greenhouse Effect and Air Pollution
  • The Sun and Moon and Solar Energy
  • Wind Energy is Solar Energy

MS-ESS2-4,
MS-PS3-3,
MS-PS4-2,
MS-ESS3-5,
MS-ESS1-1,
MS-PS4-2,
MS-ESS2-6

Moving from Inquiry to Engineering Practice I: Energy Transfer

Wednesday
July 10, 2019
9 am – 1 pm

Energize CT Center,
122 Universal Drive,
North Haven

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A one-day workshop exploring an engineering approach in how to construct two solar energy explorations: LIGHT ABSORPTION TO PRODUCE HOT WATER – defining and measuring thermal energy units using visible light to heat water, and HEAT EXCHANGE NECESSARY IN SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEMS – building a model / demo heat exchanger to explore heat exchange in solar hot water installations.

HS.ESS-CC,
HS.ESS-HS,
HS.PS-E,
HS.PS.FE,
HS.PS-ER,
HS.ETS-ED,
HS.HTS-ETSS

Moving from Inquiry to Engineering Practice II: Alternative Energy Collection

Thursday
July 11, 2019
9 am – 1 pm

Energize CT Center,
122 Universal Drive,
North Haven

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A one-day workshop exploring an engineering approach to construct two “solar energy” explorations: PHOTOVOLTAIC ASSESSMENT – testing the realistic limits effecting the performance of a photo-voltaic cells generation of voltage and current, and WIND TURBINE DESIGN AND LIMITATIONS – Establishing wind turbine requirements and limitations through experimentation / testing.

HS.ESS-CC,
HS.ESS-HS,
HS.PS-E,
HS.PS.FE,
HS.ETS-ED,
HS.HTS-ETSS

Energy Transformation for Grades 3 – 5

Monday
July 15, 2019
9 am – 1 pm

Energize CT Center,
122 Universal Drive,
North Haven

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In this recently revised workshop, participants will take part in activities demonstrating various forms of energy and how energy changes from one form to another. Topics include magnetism, current electricity, and the effect of light energy shining on different surfaces. They also will examine how energy is wasted.

Lessons Include:

  • Grade 3 – Magnetism
  • Grade 4 – Energy Pathways
  • Grade 4 – Using Heat from the Sun
  • Grade 5 – Wasted Energy

3-PS2-3,
3-PS2-4,
4-PS3-2,
4-PS3-4,
5-ESS3-1

Energy Transformations for Middle School

Tuesday
July 16, 2019
9 am – 1 pm

CREC,
111 Charter Oak Ave,
Hartford

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In this recently revised workshop, participants will be presented with lessons involving how energy can be changed from one form to another through topics of electromagnetism, energy efficiency, motion, and the chemistry of photosynthesis and metabolism.

Lessons Include:

  • Electromagnetism
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Roller Coaster
  • Food, Fuel, and Fire

MS-PS2-3,
MS-ESS3-4,
MS-PS3-1,
MS-PS3-4,
MS-LS1-6,
MS-LS1-7

Energizing Science in Grades 3-5

Wednesday
July 17, 2019
9 am – 1 pm

CREC,
111 Charter Oak Ave,
Hartford

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Participants will experience activities that explore forces and motion, renewable and nonrenewable resources and their effects on the environment, the concept of solar energy as the energy source in food. They also perform activities for students to learn about the patterns that change due to the apparent movement of the sun.

Lessons Include:

  • Grade 3 – Static Electricity
  • Grade 3 – Forces and Motion
  • Grade 4 – Renewable and Nonrenewable
  • Grade 5 – Seeds to Food
  • Grade 5 – The Sun

3-PS2-3,
3-PS2-1,
3-PS2-1,
4-ESS3-1,
4-PS3-2,
5-PS3-1,
5-LS2-1,
5-ESS1-1,
5-ESS1-2

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