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This workshop is for 3rd to 5th grade Nebraska educators in the OPPD service area only.

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Free virtual teacher workshops

  • Professional development credit provided
  • Substitute reimbursement provided
  • Free Hands-on classroom kits for workshop attendees

Getting students excited about science and prepared for the future of energy as a customer and consumer is a step OPPD is taking to lead the way we power the future…their future. Educators are invited to participate in energy education workshops to receive a hands-on, STEM kit for their classroom. This kit will get students learning about the Science of Energy, working with their peers and learning how energy and OPPD are a part of their everyday lives.

Who Should Attend?
Open to all 3rd – 5th grade teachers in the OPPD service area.

All registrants will be sent a hands-on workshop materials kit in advance of the online session.

Agenda

8:50 a.m. Login, Technology Check, and Pre-Assessment

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

Meet your fellow participants and the sponsors of today’s workshop. Review goals and objectives for the workshop and begin planning ways to use the NEED materials and training in your school. Review Zoom details and meet fellow participants in Break-Out Sessions.

9:30 a.m. The Science of Energy

Learn more about the forms of energy while experimenting with the NEED Project’s Science of Energy kit.

9:45 a.m. Science of Energy Break-Out Sessions

10:30 a.m. Quick Break

10:40 a.m. Omaha Public Power District Electric Connections

After learning about the forms of energy, discover how the different energy sources contribute to the generation of electricity locally.

11:00 a.m. Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Conservation by OPPD

How do you use energy in your daily life at school? Learn how energy is consumed and easy steps you and your students can take to reduce energy use at home and at school. Introduce Energy House Challenge.

11:30 a.m. Lunch

12:00 p.m. OPPD Energy Education and Home Energy Efficiency Resources

12:15 p.m. Energy House, Air infiltration and Energy Audit Tools

Learn about efficiency, conservation, and economic returns by using various materials to insulate a cardboard house and then test its efficiency, air infiltration in doors and windows and an introduction to the tools provided in the NEED Efficiency and Conservation kits to explore energy use at home and at school.

1:30 p.m. Test Your Energy House

1:50 p.m. Break

2:00 p.m. Energy Career Explorations

Take a look at our Energy Career Excursion sampler and ways to incorporate into the classroom. Play a round of Energy Career in the Round.

2:20 p.m. Teaching Energy Today

Hints, Tips and Tools for teaching energy in today’s classroom (virtually or together).

2:40 p.m. Q&A, Post Assessment and Evaluations

Evaluations and post assessment!

3:00 p.m. Adjourn

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