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.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

An Energy Poem from Waiupahu!

Our IEI teacher Kathy Duhaylongsod of Waipahu Elementary sent us this poem from her 5th graders.  Clever teacher!

Energy Here, Energy There

Energy here, energy there,

Energy, energy everywhere!

Wind can transfer energy just fine,

All you need is a wind turbine!

A turbine needs some wind to move,

And turn those blades, oh-so-smooth!

Like our pinwheel lifting some clips,

Turbines make electricity in a zip!

Energy here, energy there,

Energy, energy everywhere!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

On Maui: What renewable energies are leading?  This link will take you to the latest data on important renewable energies on Maui.  Solar?  Wind?  Geo?  These and many more are clearly described and quantified by MEDB's High Tech Maui group. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Solar oven--Can you fry an egg?

Here's a link to a Bill Nye site that gives tips on how to fry an egg using your solar oven.   You'll need to get to about 55 Celsius or 130 Fahrenheit.  It's fun!  Show your students?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Social media in seven minutes: Share with students

Here's a link showing how critical skills in social media have become.  Give it a look and share with your students; this is the world we can help them prepare to enter.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sun, and wind!

We had a sunny day to visit Kawailoa Wind Farm with our friends from First Wind, Adam Young and Carolyn Unser.  Sun, wind, great views, and amazing technology!

Our visiting teachers on Oahu will have a lot to share with their students.  Newest blade designs minimize sound and boost performance.  These are 2 . 3 megawatt (million watt) turbines!

Losing our marbles?

Teachers in our Oahu IEI refresher course used marbles to simulate electricity flowing through a Smart Grid.  What happens to the flow of marbles from a wind farm when there's a lull?  Or the flow from PV panels when a cloud appears?  Will all the customers receive their marbles?  Who gains, and who loses?  Thanks for help from Hawaiian Electric's Sam Nichols and Cybil Rawlins.