Edmonton, AB – On July 5-8, 2016, 27 K-12 teachers from across western Canada gathered in Edmonton for Inside Education’s 25th Summer Teacher’s Institute – Energy and Climate Innovations.
This unique four-day professional development tour was an opportunity for teachers to engage in current Alberta energy and climate topics through experiential and hands-on learning.
“Teachers investigated real-world and emerging innovations in Alberta aimed at helping their students understand what is currently being done to reduce our carbon footprint in the energy sector,” said Steve McIsaac, Executive Director of Inside Education. “Teachers saw first-hand that there are already innovations and important research being done in energy production in Alberta.”
During the institute, teachers heard from many of the province’s leading energy and climate experts and stakeholders. Teachers also visited locations such as the Edmonton Mosaic Centre, Shell Quest CCS Facility, NAIT – Alternative Energy Lab, Enerkem Alberta BioFuels Facility and Capital Power’s Halkirk Wind Farm to get hands-on experience and knowledge.
25 of the teachers were from Alberta, with two teachers from BC and Manitoba. Fox Creek School teacher, Leanne Pretula was among the group, seen fourth from the right in the group photo.
Each teacher was selected to attend the program with a full scholarship. On the final day of the program, teachers worked in an educational workshop to collaborate and discuss how they could best apply the new knowledge to their classrooms and inspire their students to become engaged and literate in current trends and issues in energy and climate.
“Each teacher is challenged to return to their school and school district to share their experiences as well as the first-hand knowledge that they gained,” said Steve McIsaac. “We expect a minimum of 100 students per teacher to be impacted annually by their teacher’s participation in the program – this means as many as 2700 students, next year alone, will be inspired!”
About Inside Education: Inside Education is an award-winning charitable education society enabling Canadian teachers and students to experience the science, technology and issues related to natural resources and the environment. For over 30 years, Inside Education’s programs have engaged learners with multiple perspectives in order to inspire youth to think critically and become leaders in stewardship.Print This Post