Renewable Energy Inquiry and Engineering (Tulalip)

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Betty J Taylor Early Learning Academy

7730 36th Avenue Northwest

Tulalip, WA 98271

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This Renewable Energy Teacher Training is a FREE full-day professional development workshop presented by Solar 4R Schools™. This inquiry-based, hands-on science and engineering training program offers a review of the science, technology, and classroom applications of solar energy and other renewables for educators at the Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy. This workshop is being delivered to leverage the installation of a 16 kW solar array to be used as a learning tool for the Academy.

Hands-on workshop activities provide a chance to run through inquiry-based classroom tasks/experiments with other teachers in preparation for adaptation in your classroom. Each participating teacher will receive access to free materials which include tools to build solar circuits, solar cars, solar ovens, electricity-generating wind turbines, and other materials to teach fundamentals of renewable energy. Additionally, teachers receive classroom lessons aligned with NGSS and CCSS, an opportunity to network with area teachers, 6 professional development hours, and substitute reimbursement. Students and educators located throughout the region can access real-time energy data to graph and analyze the performance of solar projects at

For more information about this type of workshop, view Teaching the Science of Solar Energy at Stanislaus County, a video created by the Stanislaus County Office of Education highlighting our workshop held on February 4, 2015.

S4RS LogoAbout Solar 4R Schools™: With the help of corporate, philanthropic, utility and community partners, our mission is to inspire a new generation of clean energy leaders with the skills and innovative thinking needed to solve the world’s biggest energy challenges.

Our vision is to bring interactive renewable energy education into every classroom in the nation. As a program of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), Solar 4R Schools provides one of the most comprehensive, teacher-tested renewable energy educational programs available nationwide.

Solar 4R Schools empowers educators to integrate the latest renewable energy science and technology into their lesson plans. We provide professional training, teacher-generated lesson plans, interactive science kits and materials, and access to real-time energy data to help bring renewable energy topics to life.


What topics will be covered during this training?

The topics covered will include: fundamentals of STEM in early childhood education; literacy connections to engineering; the fundamentals of energy and energy use/conservation; the fundamentals of solar energy; simple circuits including voltage, current, resistance and power; the photovoltaic effect and technology; and tips on integrating engineering design and inquiry into curriculum.

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

Teachers attending this workshop will have access to the parking lot at the Betty J. Taylor Early Learning Academy. Any special instructions on the location will be provided closer to the date of the workshop.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Solar 4R Schools with any questions or for more information. Solar 4R Schools can be reached at 503-553-3950 or email Parker Mullins, Solar 4R Schools Program Manager, at

Do you maintain a waiting list?

Yes. In the event of a cancellation, we will notify the person at the top of the waitlist and allow a maximum of 36 hours for response before offering the opportunity to the next person on the list.

Is my registration/ticket transferable?

Yes. However, this training is limited to 25 participants due to its highly interactive nature. We appreciate your consideration in contacting us to let us know if you need to transfer your seat to a colleague. We will need a name, email address, school and other contact info so we can contact them if there are any last-minute updates.

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

No. We will have a sign in sheet for teachers who have registered through the Eventbrite.

Is this training free for teachers/educators?

Yes, this is a fully funded training opportunity for teachers at the Early Learning Academy. This workshop is sponsored by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation with support from Bonneville Power Administration.

Is lunch provided?

Yes. Lunch will be provided along with coffee and beverages. Please remember to indicate on your registration web form if you have any dietary restrictions.

Will I receive any classroom materials/equipment?

Yes. Teachers who attend this workshop will gain access to mini-science kits aligned with the hands-on activities covered in the workshop, valued in total at $3,500. They will be accessed through at the Early Learning Academy

What will the science kits include?

All teachers will have access to science kit materials delivered the day of the workshop and housed at the Academy. These kits will be aligned with activities presented in the workshop for the purpose of increasing STEM rigor and renewable energy connections at the facility that also leverage their renewable energy project. These science kit materials include solar modules, wind energy construction tools, solar cars, an industrial solar oven, solar-impacted craft supplies such as solar beads and Nature Print Paper, and a variety of loads to power with solar.

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