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GLBRC Education & Outreach NewsletterJanuary 2013
Winter's Greetings!

Read below for news and updates related to our education activities over the last few months, including 2013 professional development opportunities, a new bioenergy board game and our new home in the Wisconsin Energy Institute.
Accepting Applications for RET Program!

We are now accepting applications for the 2013 Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program. We are seeking three teachers to work on bioenergy research projects and curriculum development this summer (June 24-Aug. 9). Two teachers will be hosted at UW-Madison and one at Kellogg Biological Station in MI. Topic areas for 2013 include sustainable cropping systems and biofuels chemistry. Participants receive a $7000 stipend. 
Applications are due March 15, 2013. For more information and to applyvisit our RET program page.
 
 
Accepting Applications for Bioenergy Institute!

2012 Institute participants discussing bioprospecting activity.
We are pleased to announce our 2013 Bioenergy Institute for Educators to be held June 24-29 at UW-Madison. Join us for an intensive 6-day program featuring tours of research labs, hands-on experience with education materials, and collaboration time with other educators from across the country. Teams of 3-4 educators (teachers, curriculum coordinators, etc) are encouraged to apply. Each participant receives a $500 stipend and classroom materials. Accepting applications through March 31, 2013. Visit our website to learn more and to apply
 
 
Just Released: The Bioenergy Farm Game 
 
Check out The Bioenergy Farm Game, our new fun, educational board game where players take on the role of bioenergy crop farmers working to earn a living, produce sustainable energy and be good environmental stewards. In the process, students explore realistic economic and environmental tradeoffs in farming and learn about important ecological interactions in agricultural landscapes. The game was developed and piloted in collaboration with Sun Prairie Middle School teacher Robyn Kademan and GLBRC researchers.

 
Our New Home: Wisconsin Energy Institute

GLBRC is now part of the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI)! The Energy Institute will serve as the home of energy research at UW-Madison bringing together researchers from multiple disciplines to innovate solutions for our energy challenges. GLBRC Education and Outreach offices are on the first floor of the WEI building with conference space and view of the biofuel crop demonstration gardens. Our new space will offer new opportunities to hold energy education events for educators and the general public. Stay tuned for special events for educators associated with the WEI grand opening, April 5-6, 2013
Wisconsin Energy Institute: Powering Forward
Wisconsin Energy Institute: Powering Forward. Check out this video which includes scenes from our 2012 Bioenergy Institute.

 

 
BSCS Seeking Teacher Collaborators for Energy Education Research Project

BSCS (Biological Science Curriculum Study) is seeking teacher collaborators to field test a 3-credit, online, graduate-level course designed to enhance teachers' knowledge and practice related to energy concepts. The course is titled Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT). Teacher-collaborators and their students will take part in a research study designed to measure the effects of the course on teacher practice and student learning. The online professional development course will address three major energy concepts in six units. 

GLBRC staff and partnering teacher Jim Reichling helped develop bioenergy-related curriculum for this course, which includes units on the sustainable generation of various renewable energy sources. Visit the program website for more information and to apply.
 
Upcoming Events & Professional Development Opportunities

For details on the events below, please visit our  website calendar.    


March 8-9
Ypsilanti, MI

March 14-16

March 16
St. Paul, MN

April 5-6
Madison, WI

April 13, 2013
San Antonio, TX

June 24-29
Madison, WI

 
 Staff Updates
 
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James Runde, an undergraduate at UW-Madison, has joined our team working on a variety of education and outreach projects. As a creative writing, film and computer science major, James will be applying his skills on educational videos and multimedia projects. 

 

 
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We encourage you to visit our website at least once a month to look for new materials we have posted. http://www.glbrc.org/education 


Contact Information

Feel free to contact us with questions or feedback at education@glbrc.wisc.edu or 608-890-2828. If you know others who would like to be added to this list, please send their contact information to education@glbrc.wisc.edu including name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, city, and state.

 

 

GLBRC is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy