K-12 education outreach
Pictured above: Energy Day offers students a close-up look at an energy-efficient, electric car.
Students and teachers from middle schools and high schools from Alamance, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham counties are invited each year to participate in a one-day “Energy Fair” on the N.C. A&T campus. CERT sets up displays dealing with energy efficiency techniques and renewable energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy, photovoltaic energy, bio-fuels, lighting, and hydrogen fuel cells. The Energy Day celebration is designed to educate the next generation about energy efficiency and water conservation while providing useful course content and activities to aid teachers and administrators in enhancing their schools’ science curriculum.
Assistance with NEED Program applications and submissions
The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Program is a national competition for schools. Workshops are open to schools in Alamance, Forsyth, Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham counties. CERT will provide classroom education to elementary, middle and high school students. NEED kit supplies will be provided to each participating class. In 2012, Rockingham County Early College participated in the workshop and was named North Carolina Senior School of the Year. T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point also attended and was named a state finalist.
Two-Week “Train the Science Teacher” Energy Workshops
Each summer, CERT provides a two-week, residential In-Service Energy Workshop consisting of lectures and lab sessions. It is open to science and math teachers from North Carolina middle and high schools; at least 10 teachers are selected. Housing will be provided to teachers who live outside a 50-mile radius. Stipends and CERT Energy Kits will be given to teachers who complete the program. Teachers will recruit/target high school students to serve as “Energy Sustainability Ambassadors” within their respective schools. Field trips to bio-fuels plants, power plants, and low energy consuming facilities will be part of this training. The group also takes part in lectures and experiments on energy conservation and awareness.
Teacher-student Energy Ambassador Program
CERT provides the Energy Ambassador Program to at least five schools each year. The program involves at least one student and one teacher from each school. Classes will be held to promote energy awareness, education about lighting, programmable thermostats, alternate energy, utility bill analysis, preliminary energy audits, data loggers, phantom energy, and energy data spreadsheet analysis. The student-teacher teams will attend lectures and lab exercises to assist their schools with NEED submission reports and assist schools with energy awareness programs. CERT Energy Kits will be provided to each participating class.