DRI offers three-day science-related workshop for Clark High School students

GreenPower’s Energy Wise Educators program specifically will highlight conservation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2013

LAS VEGAS – Clark High School students will have the chance for three days to work with one of the Desert Research Institute’s educational programs, EnergyWise Educators. Focusing on STEM academics, students’ grades 9-12 will learn about energy conservation and efficiency and how to apply this knowledge in a real-world setting.

NV Energy, EnergyFit Nevada, the U.S. Green Building Council Nevada Chapter, the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition along with DRI’s GreenPower program is sponsoring this workshop at Clark from Monday March 11th to Wednesday March 13th. Media is invited to attend Tues. March 12th, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Clark High School where students, teachers and GreenPower will be available for interviews to talk about this exciting collaborative effort.

Clark is an established magnet school with a recognized science program. Joe Winfield, Assistant Principal says for this particular workshop only the regular zoned students will have the opportunity to participate in this conservation program.

“Anytime we can get students engaged in science, especially students that have not regularly engaged in advance science-related courses, is an opportunity as educators we are thrilled about,” Joe Winfield, Assistant Principal said.

GreenPower specifically will be hosting a portion with their “green boxes,” a collection of curriculum and science-related materials, for the first time to give students an optimal interactive experience to learn about science.

“Green Boxes is a concept we created for students to have an engaging and interactive learning environment,” Amelia Gulling, GreenPower’s Administrator said. “We’re really excited this partnership with Clark High School is the first opportunity for students to use them.”

Freda Vine, Clark High School Biology Teacher is thrilled her students will get to participate in this three-day event. “This event is all about students interacting and working in teams,” Vine said. “It’s bringing real-world concepts into the classroom so that students can take these ideas back home.”

Clark specifically has been selected as a GreenPower school for the next two years, meaning they work extensively to launch science-related programs into Clark’s classrooms. This workshop is the start of a larger collaboration with Clark for DRI’s scientists to provide on-going knowledge to students to ultimately benefit the larger community.

“In order to contribute to the future of new sustainable energy economy, Nevada’s students will need a strong foundation in the scientific and engineering principles of “green” energy and “green” technologies,” Vine said. “The GreenPower Program is directed towards providing that foundation to Clark Students.”

About Desert Research Institute: DRI, the nonprofit research campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education, strives to be the world leader in environmental sciences through the application of knowledge and technologies to improve people’s lives throughout Nevada and the world.

About GreenPower: GreenPower is designed to promote and support the education of Nevada’s preK-12 students about environmental and climate topics by providing schools and educators free professional development, trainings, and workshops as well as grants, scholarships, and curriculum activities that meet state core standards. For more information on GreenPower to go: http://www.dri.edu/greenpower
*Note: As a non-profit, GreenPower is able to make a difference in Nevada’s K-12 educational system through the significant sponsorship support of NV Energy. This support includes Nevada EnergyWise Educators.

About Nevada EnergyWise Educators: Nevada EnergyWise Educators is a community sponsored STEM Academy housed within DRI’s GreenPower program that has three core goals: giving teachers the tools and resources to engage students in STEM topics, career mentorship, and providing our partners with an effective way to benefit our state.

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