July 8th-13th, 2012, Penn State, University Park
Energy is a powerful concept that cuts across scientific disciplines. This workshop highlights the human use of energy beginning with the controlled use of fire up to modern power production methods and associated consequences. The overall goal is to understand the fundamental energy transfer processes, for example the conversion of chemical and potential energy into mechanical and/or heat energy, underlying the technology of our daily lives (e.g., heating, transportation and electricity). Participants will will explore alternative energy sources for modified power generation and transportation fuels, differentiate between energy and power, and develop an understanding of how the concept of energy can connect a large number of science phenomena.
Prior to the workshop, participants will complete a common non-technical read, participate in an online discussion, and view key videos as needed to develop a common foundational content background. Participants will bring samples of current curricular materials and student work to share, discuss and revise. All curricular materials and exercises used during the workshop will be provided for participants. We strongly encourage teams of teachers from the same school or district to apply. This can include both horizontal (within a grade level) or vertical (across grade levels) teams across. Participants will also be asked to attend three reunions during the academic year, at least one of which will be held in their region/district.