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Virtual Energy Education Workshop

The Sponsors of Energize Connecticut are hosting an eesmarts™ virtual professional development workshop open to any Connecticut formal or informal educator on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, Election Day. All workshops, which are offered at no-cost, provide inquiry-based lessons which align with NGSS and CCSS for math and ELA.

Workshop participants will:

  • Receive a $50 stipend
  • Receive free program lessons and materials for their classrooms
  • Gain knowledge and confidence to teach students about energy and energy conservation
  • Experience and receive instruction on both in-person and distance learning teaching strategies


Two weeks prior to each workshop, teachers will receive detailed teleconferencing instructions. Technology requirements for full course participation are:

  • Laptop, desktop, or tablet computer
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Web browser
  • Audio input/output
  • Recommended: Webcam


There are a limited number of openings available for each workshop, so register today!





Climate Change for High School
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



Zoom meeting link, ID and passcode will be available upon registration for this workshop. Maximum attendance is 30.

Educators will be introduced to activities involving Earth’s natural cycle, including the carbon cycle, and how its climate has changed over time. They will look at evidence from the past through the study of proxies such as foraminifera, ice core data, the Albedo Effect, and phenology. They will also consider the impact of humans on the environment and what can be done to lessen harmful effects. Additionally, the workshop will cover strategies for performing activities in both virtual and in-class settings.



HS-ESS2-2, HS-ESS2-4, HS-ESS2-6, HS-ESS3-4, HS-ESS3-5, HS-ESS3-6

Escape Room and Choose Your Own Adventure
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



Zoom meeting link, ID and passcode will be available upon registration for this workshop. Maximum attendance is 30.

This workshop features two interactive experiences developed to enhance the eesmarts curriculum or as activities to support NGSS. In the Escape Room, clues must be gathered, and puzzles solved using science knowledge to successfully complete the challenge. The focus of the content in this activity is the transformation of energy and its impact on the environment. Choose Your Own Adventure participants meaningfully engage in experiment design challenges and problem solving as they move through the activity, making choices along the way that allow them to access each next step.

The adventures offered showcase the efficiency of wind turbine blade designs, the strength of a variety of electromagnets, and how different surfaces on earth (arctic, desert, ocean, etc.) are impacted by the Greenhouse Effect. These two formats provoke student interest and engagement with their game-like nature. The use of technology lends itself well to both in-person and remote learning.



MS-PS2-3, MS-PS3-1, MS-PS3-4, MS-PS4-2, MS-LS1-6, MS-ESS3-5