Bioenergy Institute for Educators (BIE)

Bioenergy Institute for Educators (BIE)


Institute dates: June 20-26, 2016

Application deadline: Applications to open in early 2016

Overview: Bioenergy is an exciting area of research and development and can provide excellent opportunities for engaging students. Join us for an intensive 5-day program to learn about the latest developments in bioenergy research and hands-on materials to use with students. Participating educators cover core areas of GLBRC research, get hands-on experience with our education materials, and delve into the development of inquiry-based classroom activities. Participants are expected to use materials from the Institute during the following school year. Graduate credit is available through UW-Madison.

Join us and enjoy:

  • Dynamic interactions with scientists, teachers and education researchers
  • Tours of numerous bioenergy laboratories and field sites
  • Active engagement with NGSS-aligned materials for teaching bioenergy concepts in standard science classes
  • Time for reflection and collaboration with colleagues
  • Support for the adaptation of education materials for your classes

Focus Areas:

  • Bioenergy and biofuels: current science and engineering challenges and opportunities
  • Evaluating the sustainability of biofuel production and use
  • Carbon cycle and energy flow: biofuels vs. fossil fuels
  • Effective approaches to teaching biofuels concepts (fermentation, photosynthesis, combustion, respiration, sustainability, etc)

2015 Institute Details (June 22-26):

  • $500 stipend for each participant and take-home classroom materials
  • Teams of 2-4 educators (teachers, curriculum coordinators, etc) are encouraged, but not required.
  • Participants are expected to use classroom materials from the Institute during the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Program designed primarily for grade 6-12 educators. Others welcome to apply.
  • Participants expected to cover most food, lodging and travel costs. Institute provides lunch and parking permits. Affordable campus housing options available ($17/night).
  • Graduate or undergraduate credit is available upon request. Standard tuition and fees apply.

To apply:

  • Online applications posted in here in early 2016. Sign up for our education newsletter for the announcement. 

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