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Empower Workshop 2018
The Empower conference began the afternoon of the 13th with greetings from Power South and NEED and then participants immediately were split into groups for Science of Energy activities. The teachers were actively engaged in hands on learning as they interacted with materials that will be used to teach the Forms of Energy. They finished the afternoon with an Energy Carnival, Exhibits, and a Reception. Each attendee received a box of teaching goodies from their individual Cooperative as they checked in and they received a Science of Energy Kit to take with them at the end of the conference.
Friday continued the learning with concepts of the role of energy in our world with the participants being broken into “country” groups and learning about their country's technology, workforce, energy, and natural resources. They then were asked to make sure every country was able to have the resources they needed. They were able to trade any or all of the resources and work together to achieve their goal…a great civics lesson combined with science. Efficiency and Conservation were also topics as teams built Energy Houses, made themed Expo Boards, learned about electricity and circuits, and performed plays and skits.
Throughout the conference, teachers were continually pushed out of their comfort zones as they interacted with new curriculum, explored new concepts, and were sorted into different groups to explore, network, and engage. Thank you to NEED, PowerSouth, and the Cooperatives for an innovative summer teacher's conference.
Check out some of the amazing photos that were taken as the conference went on at: https://need-media.smugmug.com/Empower2018/