Upcoming Event: STEM Educator Solar Institute

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A photo of participants at the Summer STEM Solar Institute

Educators looking to effectively and engagingly teach solar principles in their classrooms can join the STEM Educator Solar Institute in Madison, WI. This unique opportunity is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and tools needed to bring solar energy concepts to life for their students.

At the Institute, attendees will gain hands-on experience with the tools of the trade by installing and commissioning a residential-sized solar photovoltaic (PV) array. They will learn and practice essential safety measures and electrical principles, ensuring thorough preparation to handle and teach these technologies. In addition, participants will engage in ready-to-use, hands-on classroom lab activities, which can be implemented immediately in their own teaching environments.

The STEM Educator Solar Institute will be held from July 9-11, 2024, at the Commercial Avenue Campus in Madison, WI. Sessions will take place both indoors at Madison College’s Commercial Avenue campus and outdoors in the solar photovoltaic training yard. This immersive experience includes two nights of hotel accommodations in downtown Madison, along with breakfast and lunch each day, allowing participants to focus entirely on their learning.

Upon completing the Institute, attendees will receive a $600 stipend. Furthermore, they can apply for a lab equipment award, providing student sets of solar PV equipment valued at $1200 to support teaching solar energy in their classrooms. There is also an option to earn one graduate credit for an estimated cost of $65, enhancing their professional development.

Applications are now open, and additional event information can be found on the Solar Institute Website

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