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College of Education Receives $30K in funds for the Summer 2015: Energy and Environmental Science Education Institute for Teachers.

Friday, May 29, 2015


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The College of Education recently received a total of $30,000 in funds for the Summer 2015: Energy and Environmental Science Education Institute for Teachers.  Dr. Ann Cavallo, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and Professor of Science Education, is Project Director of the program, and Dr. David Sparks, Assistant Professor of Science Education, is Project Co-Director.  Luminant, led by Robert R. Gentry, Curriculum Manager of Luminant Academy, is the program's industry partner and provider of in-kind support including facilities and materials, room and board for participants, tours, and transportation.  The agencies funding this program are:

Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute

Texas Mining and Reclamation Association

Texas Westmoreland Company.

In this summer program, teachers earn 3 graduate course credit hours from UT-Arlington with tuition, fees, and room and board covered through the grant.   Teacher participants will:

  • Experience Luminant's surface mine, electricity generating plant, and reclaimed areas.
  • Tour and participate in interactive activities at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, and Athens Fishery.
  • Examine the role of natural cycles in the production of energy and the environment.
  • Experience energy and environmental science as an integrated curriculum using TEKS correlations.

Throughout the program, teachers engage in, develop, and share interdisciplinary, inquiry-based curricula on energy, environmental science, life science/biology, chemistry, physics/physical science, and geology for K-12 students.  For more information, contact program coordinator Jamie Williams, Dr. Ann Cavallo, or Dr. David Sparks

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