Students in Laura Davenport's fourth grade class were recently treated to a visit by Laura MacLachlan, Energy Educator for the Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP).
During a 90-minute workshop, aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, students were challenged to think like engineers, as they experienced different demonstrations showing ways to reduce human dependence on fossil fuels. Students developed their understanding of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy and to adapt renewable energy design parameters to produce the greatest amount of electricity and positively affect the environment. Through a series of hands-on wind, solar, and hydro stations, students test variables, collect and analyze data, and start to construct explanations and solutions from the evidence.
|Taking a turn on the "energy bike"|