Although my two terms as a member of the Gresham-Barlow School Board have expired, this began when I was still the Board Chair. After sharing the vision with the Superintendent, The Center for Advanced Learning's Director, and two classes of Juniors, there was plenty of "energy" to advance the cause. At that point, the grant application was drafted, edited, finalized and submitted. We will hear the Bonneville Environmental Foundation's decision in September.
While the initial vision was mostly focused on solar, the excitement grew to expand the collective vision to a full renewable energy curriculum. An early working name of "Solar Students" quickly gave way to a limitless moniker. "Energication" will focus on these renewable energy topics:
- Biopower (Wood and Agricultural Sources)
- Advanced Water Power (Wave/Tidal Energy)
- Renewable Fuels (Ethanol/Biodiesel)
Regardless of the disposition of the grant application, there is much work ahead to foster "Energy Education" not only in the Gresham-Barlow School District, but with any district who will listen. There is already good work being done in education, so I simply hope to add to it.
The purpose of "Energication" is to provide students, teachers, administrators and school district leaders with a destination for a number of things like:
- Curriculum resources
- Best practice sharing
- Industry directions to align educational directions
- Commentary, perspectives and reactions
- Unwavering support