Purdue Conference on Energy Education

Program: All Things Sustainable

Reporter: Tony Krabill, WVPE; with contributions from IPBS/WBAA, West Lafayette

Airdate: 09/16/2009

A conference on the Purdue University campus will help Indiana teachers and administrators learn ways to educate their students about energy issues.


The Purdue Conference on Energy Education is geared for those involved in preschool through 12th-grade.


Purdue Social Studies Education professor Phil VanFossen is one of the conference organizers.


He says the goal is to help educators prepare students to think about energy in a broader sense.


The theme is "Raising the Energy Level: Beyond Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle."


Executive Director of the Indiana Council on Economic Education Harlan Day says the curriculum being introduced at the day-long event teaches students how to think critically about issues.


Bill Walker is the director of K-through-12 outreach for Purdue's College of Science and the executive director of the I-STEM Resource Network.


He says the Conference on Indiana Energy Education will show participants how to engage students at all levels.


The conference will feature breakout sessions and a panel discussion.


Purdue professor Wally Tyner will give the keynote address. He serves as co-director of the university's Center for Energy Systems Policy.


The Conference on Indiana Energy Education is set for September 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Purdue's West Lafayette campus.



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