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.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Inquiring About Energy--On Oahu

Artist or scientist?  Kellie T. proves you can be both


Our group pauses, mid-experiment, for a photo

Using the sun's energy to pump water:  Transformation of energy

You know your students are using inquiry learning if the teacher can relax in the background

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Star in Your Own Movie!

Our experienced IEI teacher Melinda White, of Kihei Charter School, has just finished her first major movie production!  Of course, she built the movie (it runs five minutes) around her class lesson on Photovoltaic Energy, but she gives a good overview of energy and life on the islands at the same time.  Nice job, Melinda, and Roll Credits!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Connecting in Oahu: IEI on the road again!

Here's our IEI team on another visit to Oahu--thanks for program friends like Anna Romano, Charles Wang, and Sam Nichols who can share renewable energy ideas with our workshop teachers. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Cool Example of Teacher Website

Our IEI graduate Carolyn Bush has been generous in sharing her classroom website, which even has a tab for Island Energy Inquiry lessons and activities.  What a nice review for her students and families, and what lucky Hawaii students to have such a creative teacher!  Here's the link:

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

APEI September 2013; Bangkok, Thailand

Below are photos from our conference for teaching renewable energy curriculum in a global setting for Asia Pacific Energy Inquiry.  We are practicing STEM labs.

Adventures in Bangkok and beyond

Island Energy goes to Bangkok!

Green Energy Adventures in Bangkok with our American, Laos and Thai Friends. <3

Hello from Asia

Today our teachers will hear some new presentations

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Traveling with Island Energy Inquiry

Our Island Energy Inquiry team is on the road to another IEI workshop adventure.  Can you guess where we were changing airplanes?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Develop in your profession--and help our students seek clean energy

This past year, we helped 34 teachers attain Department of Education professional development credits, and we also have 16 more candidates working on their PD lessons.  It's fun to see how they've expanded their teaching through Island Energy Inquiry.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A local favorite friend of Island Energy Inquiry: Makai Ocean Engineering

 Teachers of Island Energy Inquiry, our Oahu-based colleagues Makai Ocean Engineering will be making important presentations on advances in OTEC energy.  Let's wish them the best in spreading the news about Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion!

Makai to present three OTEC projects at a clean energy conference in September in Honolulu –

 For Immediate Release

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc. is confirmed to do a presentation on three important aspects of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology at an upcoming conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, September 9–11. The conference, called the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit, has a special OTEC Symposium portion, which is being organized by the USA’s NOAA and its Korean counterpart, KIOST. The symposium will feature presentations and exhibits by Makai and other OTEC specialists from around the world.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Linking energies on-line!'s a great way to have your students experiment on-line with the Law of Conservation of Energy.  They select energy pathways and try them out.  It's fun!

We tried this site during recent IEI workshops, and it was a big hit with teachers.  You'll like the sound effects!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lab simulations are easy with iPads

We're modeling a wind farm with 12 turbines, 2.5 megawatts each, to change wind speed as our independent variable.  The dependent variable?  Power output for the farm.  This is IEI's Clean Energy App, available to our course graduates.

Maui IEI Workshop: In a word, lively!

IEI attendees are used to Graham DeVey's spontaneous displays of kinetic energy.

Farming Maui's Winds

Kanoa Taylor of Sempra's Auwahi Wind Farm compares a tabletop electric fan to huge wind turbines on the flanks of Haleakala. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Lanai Workshop: Learning with friends

Our Island Energy Inquiry team was on Lanai this weekend, sharing lessons and experiences with our teaching friends Beth, Bridgette, and Doug.  What a great setting, and what nice new buildings coming into play soon! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Maui Teachers--Time to join in!

Our Island Energy Inquiry team will be holding a hands-on, inquiry-based two day workshop on Hawaii's renewable energies, soon after the end of this school year.  Join us in Kihei at the Malcolm Training Center, June 6-7.  100 % of our graduates have recommended this course!  Here's the signup info:

Friday, March 22, 2013

Inquiring in Oahu

Island Energy Inquiry team member Denissa Andrade leads our Oahu teacher in Photovoltaic (PV) Inquiry on Thursday.  Our teachers had a busy two days...along with running through five lab activities, they met with Hawaii professionals in Energy Audit, OTEC, Algal Biofuels, and Wind Turbine technologies.  Ready to launch in our Hawaii classrooms!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Creating new lessons

We visited Baldwin High School on Maui to try out a new lesson for Island Energy Inquiry.  Wait...are those popcorn kernels?  Cell phones?

Join one of our IEI teacher workshops and earn a stipend or PD credits for implementing lessons in your classroom

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Transferring the Sun's energy

STEM teachers...join our upcoming Island Energy Inquiry workshops to learn classroom lessons like this solar hot water activity.  We hope to see you!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Counting down to Oahu's next IEI Workshop

Oahu-based Island Energy Inquiry workshop is March 20-21; we hope you're one of the lucky teachers who already pre-registered!
Want to know about algal biofuels?  Ocean thermal energy conversion?  Auditing your own energy use?  Efficiency of your wind turbine design?  Prepare to be enlightened!
If you missed the March 20-21 signups, check our website for workshops in May and June, Oahu and Maui.  See you there?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Another Oahu Workshop!

Oahu-based teachers...we'll be doing another IEI workshop March 20-21, and you'll be learning about wind turbines, photovoltaics, energy audit, and solar water heating--plus other renewables being explored in Hawaii.  You can register for a spot at  

Thursday, January 31, 2013

A big mahalo to our awesome Hawaii Island IEI teachers for participating in our workshop. We look forward to hearing about your implementation of the curriculum . Also, thank you to our guest speakers Michael Kaleikini, Kelly King, and Jenna Long. Your presentations were highly informational and relevant to the energy issues of the state and Hawaii Island. What a great weekend!