The Advanced Training Workshop in Alternative Energy at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) is designed to promote the understanding and use of alternative energy technologies as they pertain to both the classroom and outside world. A connection will be made between these energy technologies and NYS learning standards. More specifically, concepts address: high school earth science curriculum with a focus on earth system science, living environment and connections to biological energy sources, chemistry with concepts in quantum chemistry and electrochemistry, and physics content including circuitry and solid-state electronics. General topics of environmental science, general science, and technology are also addressed based on attendee demographics.
The goal of the workshop is to provide a background in alternative energies and their integration in classroom education. The workshop consists of both lecture and lab components with a series of follow-up experiences during the school year. Upon successful completion of the workshop, teachers earn two graduate-level course credits from ESF. The workshop will involve lectures from experts in alternative energy research, a laboratory portion for hands-on curriculum development, assistance in lesson plan integration, grant writing, and ESF facility tours. Participants will gain information regarding many of the proposed alternative energy technologies including solar, wind, biofuels, energy efficiency, and others. Discussions on the operation of each of these are at the fundamental level. The workshop will address New York State Math, Science, and Technology standards where applicable for curriculum development.