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Summer Teacher Institute, July 2018

Washington STEM Educator Solar Institute 

Education for the Environment and Sustainability -- The Future of STEM Teaching

July 10-12, 2018, Shoreline Community College 


 

For our third NSF Grant Summer Teacher Institute, we have teamed up with Shoreline Community College to offer the Washington STEM Educator Solar Institute. Learn how to teach solar principles in effective, engaging ways in your classroom! Learn to install and commission a residential size solar photovoltaic array. You’ll perform hands-on classroom lab activities that will enable you to bring solar energy to life in your classroom. $300 stipends are available if you are accepted to attend; STEM clock hours also available. For more information and to apply, see Washington STEM Educator Solar Institute.

Click here to view proceedings for prior years.

 

 

 

 

National Science Foundation Grant Summary

Expanding Lifelong STEM Career Pathways in Sustainable Building Science Technology

Project Duration: August 2014 – July 2017
($862,080 awarded)

South Seattle Community College, Washington State University, Cascadia College, and the Pacific NW Center of Excellence for Clean Energy are working with industry partners to prepare technicians for the sustainable building science technology workforce. Due to the effects of the Baby Boom bubble, retirements in the energy efficiency industry are estimated to reach 23 percent of building energy managers in the next five years. As these skilled and experienced employees prepare for retirement, the market for an even more advanced workforce is expected to grow. More complex building codes and ever emerging technologies create increased demand for increasingly skilled labor. The institutions are addressing industry needs by implementing career and education pathways at all levels of the skill continuum. The potential societal benefits include producing a stable supply of highly skilled and diverse graduates to serve as managers of sustainable buildings into the future.

Further, outreach activities for area high school students are laying the groundwork for creating an ample supply of high school graduates into sustainable building management on a continual basis.

The specific goals of the project are to:

(1) design a Baccalaureate of Applied Science (BAS) curriculum that meets the needs of both employers and targeted populations (i.e. students from groups that are typically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines);

(2) incorporate curricular innovations such as industry-recognized certifications and building benchmarking skills into the curriculum;

(3) enhance recruiting and retention of students from targeted populations;

(4) create summer workshop programs for high school teachers resulting in curricular materials that they can use with their students.

This program is advancing knowledge in two ways. First, it is enabling the development of a curriculum that is one of the first of its kind in the country. Specifically, it is incorporating emerging scientific, policy, technical, and managerial skills required of operators of sustainable buildings in the coming years. This program also includes innovative components, for example, a course that teaches students how to benchmark building energy use and use that skill to inform building maintenance schedules and upgrades. Second, the program brings together several cutting-edge pedagogical and student services strategies to ensure that the diverse populations targeted for this program graduate. These strategies include the use of competency-based instruction as well as an early warning system to identify students at risk of attrition, coupled with intrusive advising to ensure they get the services they need.

Year 1 Annual Activities and Findings Report

Year 2 Annual Activities and Findings Report

Link to: Sustainable Building Science Technology Program
 

 

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