Clark Public Utilities - Clean Energy Educator Workshop

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Clark Public Utilities - Community Room

1200 Fort Vancouver Way

Vancouver, WA 98663

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This Renewable Energy Teacher Training is a FREE full-day professional development workshop presented by Clark Public Utilities in partnership with CE™. This inquiry-based, hands-on science and engineering training program, intended for 6th-8th grade teachers, offers a review of the science, technology, and classroom applications of solar energy and other renewables for middle school classrooms. Although there is a middle school focus for content, teachers at higher grade levels have found these workshops to be useful and relevant to their subject areas as well. Registration opens September 18, 2019.

Hands-on workshop activities provide a chance to run through inquiry-based classroom tasks/experiments with other teachers in preparation for adaptation with your students. Each participating teacher will receive access to free materials for your school, which include tools to build solar circuits, solar cars, and teach fundamentals of renewable energy. Additionally, teachers receive classroom lessons aligned with NGSS and CCSS, and an opportunity to network with local teachers. This workshop is funded by Clark Public Utilities' Green Lights Program.

About us:

Clark Public Utilities is committed to encouraging the development of local renewable energy resources and providing curriculum support to area educators. For more than a decade, our educational engagements have been funded by utility customers through a portion of voluntary Green Lights contributions. Through the program, 13 photovoltaic solar arrays have been installed on Clark County schools and funding is now focused on classroom implementation of curriculum related to renewable energy and providing hands-on engineering and design experiences for local students through the solar car challenge.

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About CE:

CE is a national clean energy, career connected education program from Bonneville Environmental Foundation. Together with schools, educators and industry, we strive to build a clean energy future to ensure that our communities and the environment are thriving and resilient. We work to expand access to opportunities for all students regardless of their geography, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. CE is funded by corporations, regional utilities, and philanthropic organizations. To date, our programs have impacted more than 150,000 students nationwide through CE programming. For more information, visit

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What topics will be covered during this training?

The topics covered will include: NGSS aligned materials focusing on energy & energy transformations, solar circuitry, and solar cars.

Is this training free for teachers/educators?

Yes, this is a fully funded training opportunity for educators. This workshop is funded by Clark Public Utilities' Green Lights program. In addition, all educators will be able to claim 6 hours of Washington-approved clock hours for professional development.

Is lunch provided?

Yes. Please let us know any dietary restrictions!

What are my transportation/parking options getting to the event?

This event will be held in the community room of the Clark Public Utilities facility on Fort Vancouver Way. Parking is available onsite, and participants should park in the main lot and enter through the main doors on the southwest side of the building. Classrooms can be cold, and we encourage participants to bring a light jacket or sweater.

Do you maintain a waiting list?

Yes. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend so that we can re-assign your registration and classroom materials.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, registrations are transferable. Please let us know the name and email address of the participant, as we will need to gather some preliminary data to help inform our workshop!

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will have a registration table set up with a sign in sheet.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Amber Hall, Clark Public Utilities Education Engagement Specialist, by phone at (360) 992-3550 or by email at

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1200 Fort Vancouver Way

Vancouver, WA 98663

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