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.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Haleakala Solar is installing what will be the largest commercial PV power generation system in Maui County

AAAA - Rent-A-Space in Honokowai, Maui will be builiding a 600-kilowatt rooftop system. It will be the largest commercial photovoltaic power system in Maui County. Construction will begin in September 2011. To read more see link from Pacific Business News

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Another Successful Summer Camp

This past week Central Maui Complex celebrated their annual professional development summer camp for teachers. The Island Energy Inquiry curriculum was a content piece highlighted through this three day event. Teachers from all over Maui were given an opportunity to interact with the curriculum as well as incorporated into their unit planning for the upcoming school year. Teachers were also given the opportunity to schedule follow up sessions at their school site, were more hands on sessions will be conducted. All and all a great three days of planning, building, collaborating and productivity.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Punahou Summer Lab School

Educator's Energy Exchange group focused on sustainable energy curriculum development for DOE schools. The sessions went extremely well and the teachers all left with materials to implement the curriculum in their own classrooms. Overall, the things we learned from this experience is that the teachers valued the opportunity to try the lessons on their own, collaborate with teachers from other schools, and get ideas on how they can expand their own knowledge of the content.

Next year, the Lab School will continue this practice with more sustainability issues. If anyone is interested, please contact Punahou School.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Island Energy Inquiry Leadership Seminar

Educators from all over the islands gathered here at our MEDB Lab in Kihei, Maui to learn about and participate in activities related to renewable energy, in hopes of adding these activities to their current curriculum. The Island Energy Inquiry program is led by Diana Papini-Warren, a project manager for Women in Technology and MEDB. This is a compilation of pictures taken by the IEI leaders during the workshop this past June. Each participant was lent their own personal Ipod Touch to take pictures of various renewable energy activities throughout the day. They completed a couple of wind turbine projects and also a solar power activity. Mahalo to Eliza Akana, Ignacio Arcas, Gentry Hirohata, Pam Kohara, Holly Lee, J. Mitchell, Debby Tisdell, and Karen Umeda for participating.

Pam Kohara, IEI Leader

Eliza Akana, IEI Leader