Wenatchee, WA - Educators' Workshop
Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Arconic facilities in Wenatchee, Washington in Summer 2016. Seven high school science teachers from Wenatchee High School and the River Academy gathered in August 2016 to incorporate solar and wind science into their curriculum while adding more data collection technology to their classroom science materials. The teachers anticipate providing renewable energy STEM education to over 500 students in the district in the first year.
Washington Green Schools also partnered with Solar 4R Schools to provide a well-rounded energy education experience that covered energy conservation, efficiency and renewables. Teachers performed a mini classroom energy audit using Kill-a-Watt meters to learn about energy conservation and efficiency and monitored the quality of their solar oven designs using Vernier data logging equipment. During the workshop, teachers discussed the wide variety of ways to incorporate the information and materials into the classroom for local students. They ended the day designing and building and testing solar cars and windmills.
Arconic Foundation is proud to support Solar 4R Schools and bring this innovative program to Arconic communities nationwide. The mission of the Arconic Foundation is to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and skills training worldwide, with a special emphasis on engaging and creating access for underrepresented and underserved groups. Through our partnerships, we are helping to change the perception of manufacturing by creating excitement around the rewarding career opportunities available to the next generation of talent – from career and technical education to the most advanced robotics and digital manufacturing. Solar 4R Schools is a proven and innovative model that we believe can bring to life the issues and solutions around energy management. Energy is a critical component of what we do in industry and in all of our personal lives – it is a topic that we want our youth educated about so that they can solve the problems of tomorrow.