This blog is a website to provide ongoing support to all teachers in their implementation of the Island Energy Inquiry Curriculum shared in teacher workshops throughout Hawai'i.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Online Maps of Hawaii Energy Use and Potential

Wind Powering America
Wind energy potential maps for Hawaii.

Energy Information Administration
Energy Statistics for the United States

NREL - An Excellent Resource!

The National Renewable Energy Lab website has excellent information to supplement the Island Energy Inquiry Curriculum!


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Professional Development Opportunity on STEM and Sustainability

Are you and your STEM students interested in offering a Sustainable Technology curriculum?
Are you looking for STEM problem-based learning instructional materials?

If so, read on to learn more about an exciting professional development opportunity.

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) has been awarded a three-year $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new project titled Problem Based-Learning (PBL) for Sustainable Technology: Increasing the STEM Pipeline. Funding is provided through the NSF’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to help America develop sustainable technologies.

Participation in the STEM PBL will include:
1) Introduction to STEM PBL two-day professional development on-site workshop during summer 2010.
2) Fifteen-week professional development Introduction to STEM PBL distance-learning course. The course will be divided into three five-week sessions during academic year 2010-2011.
3) Field-testing of two or more STEM PBL Challenges between fall 2010 and spring 2012. A $500 stipend per Challenge (up to $1000) will be paid upon submission of implementation reports.
4) CEU and/or graduate college credit for a fee for successfully completing the distance-learning course.
5) Capstone Showcase workshop during academic year 2011-2112.

NEBHE is recruiting secondary and postsecondary STEM educators to participate in the professional development programs as well as businesses and researchers to collaborate in development of the STEM PBL Challenges.

Projects slots are limited so apply as soon as possible. The application deadline is November 16, 2009. For further information, contact Principal Investigator Fenna Hanes at or at 617-357-9620 x129 and visit our website at for applications and more information. Thanks for your interest, Fenna

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Island Energy Inquiry IN THE NEWS!

The Maui News Ran a Story on Wednesday 8/19/09 about the Island Energy Inquiry workshop!

For the full story, visit this link:

Kaheawa Wind Farm Tour

Upcoming Field Trip to Kaheawa

We are grateful to First Wind for providing a special guided tour of Kaheawa Wind Farm to our workshop participants.

Workshop participants, to reserve your spot, please sign up online at the site emailed to you. Any questions, please email me directly at

Schedule for October 5th:
Arrival time: 9:45 AM
Tour Duration: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lunch Event: 12:00 – 1:30

Meeting Location: Maalaea Parking Lot between Maui Ocean Center and Carl’s Jr, Carl’s Jr end.

For more information on First Wind Kaheawa:

PHOTO CAPTIONS: Andrew Wolski, King Kekaulike High School teacher took students to Kaheawa Wind Farm this past year and provided these action packed photos. Mahalo.

Photovoltaics Movie - A Great Intro!

Solar Power Video Clip:

This would be wonderful authoritative information to add into the scientific inquiry process described in the Island Energy Inquiry Curriculum solar module.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Island Energy Inquiry Curriculum

The Island Energy Curriculum is designed to help teachers facilitate inquiry on energy topics for grades 5-12 of Hawaii. The curriculum relies heavily upon the use of the hands-on kits provided at the teacher workshop conducted in July 2009 for teachers of Maui, Molokai, and Lanai.

A virtual copy of the curriculum will be added to this blog soon.