Bioenergy Institute for Educators (BIE)

Bioenergy Institute for Educators (BIE)

Institute dates: June 26-30, 2017

Location: Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW-Madison, Madison, WI

Application deadline: Applications are closed for the 2017 Institute.

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 explore core areas of GLBRC research, get hands-on experience with our education materials, and delve into the development of inquiry-based classroom activities.

Institute Learning Goals:

  • Explain what is bioenergy (i.e. how is it distinguished from other forms of energy and what are some examples?) and its role in meeting human energy needs.
  • Apply systems and scale thinking approach to evaluate the sustainability of bioenergy production systems, esp. related to climate change, biodiversity, social and economic dimensions.
  • Trace matter and energy through the production and use of gasoline, corn and cellulosic ethanol.4. 
  • Apply current best teaching practices (esp. learning through "inquiry" and effective assessments) to help students achieve (1-3).

What to expect:

  • Hands-on experience with high-quality instructional materials for teaching bioenergy concepts, i.e. fermentation, carbon cycle, combustion, photosynthesis, sustainability
  • Time for reflection on effective teaching approaches with fellow educators
  • Support for the incorporation of education materials and instructional tools in your teaching
  • Tours of numerous energy laboratories and field sites, and discussions with researchers
  • Sharing and reflection on teaching activities in following school year through online forum


  • Participants receive $400 stipend and take-home classroom materials upon successful completion of program
  • Participants expected to cover food, lodging and travel costs. Affordable housing options available on campus for $17/night
  • Optional college credit available through UW-Madison for $483

How to apply:

  • Teams of 2-4 educators (teachers, curriculum coordinators, etc) are encouraged, but not required.
  • Applications are closed.

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