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TDEC Announces 2015 Energy Education Camps for K-12 Educators

Statewide Camps Help Educators Design Energy Education Programs

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Office of Energy Programs (OEP) announced today that applications are now available online for the 2015 K-12 Energy Education Camps (Energy Camp). The four-day educational sessions provide K-12 educators with the information and resources needed to teach the science of energy and energy conservation in the classroom and to guide students in becoming leaders in their school and community.

"It is essential to teach the next generation of energy consumers about the benefits and importance of conservation," Molly Cripps, director, TDEC Office of Energy Programs said. "Lowering energy costs and promoting conservation will ultimately help create a more sustainable energy future and enhance the quality for all citizens of Tennessee."

While a school may be represented by one educator, it is highly recommended that teams of two educators from a school attend the camp and work together to develop and conduct an energy education program.  K-12 educators are invited to apply for one of the following two camps:

  1. Pickwick Landing State Park in Hardin County, June 9-12, or
  2. Fall Creek Falls State Park in Van Buren and Bledsoe counties, June 16-19

Teams selected to participate in Energy Camp will be provided with complementary lodging and meals and will receive energy related classroom materials valued at $200. Applications are due by April 10, 2015.

At Energy Camps, educators will participate in learning activities that make energy tangible and fun. The camp will include sessions with classroom activities divided into grade clusters of K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 so as to address grade-specific learning and include age-appropriate instructional methods. Educators will leave Energy Camp with increased background knowledge of science of energy, energy conservation, and clean energy technology and be prepared to involve students in service learning projects that promote environmental stewardship in their schools and communities.

The TDEC OEP K-12 Energy Education Camps are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy‘s State Energy Program. For more information, contact the Energy Hotline, 800-342-1340, or email Angela McGee (

National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project

Visit this website for free, downloadable teacher and student guides about the science of energy, energy resources, energy conservation and efficiency. Click on the educator tab for a drop-down menu to select curriculum search of your choice. To find the Tennessee standards connections, select the "Correlations to State Standards" tab and find Tennessee. Check out NEED's new interactive maps showing energy information that can be used for science, math, or social studies lessons. NEED also has online pre- and post-polls to assess your students' energy knowledge.

Tennessee Science Teachers Association (TSTA)

TSTA is the largest professional organization of science teachers in Tennessee. Visit this site to learn about professional development opportunities for science teachers, including the TSTA annual conference. This year's conference is November 10-12 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro

Tennessee Environmental Education Association (TEEA)

This is a clearinghouse site for all the environmental education events in Tennessee, and includes a calendar of environmental events that features TEEA along with Tennessee State Parks and other parks and nature centers, Project Learning Tree and more.