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UF Hosts Waste to Energy Workshop

University of Findlay is inviting all Northwest Ohio middle and high school educators teaching environmental and agricultural science to campus for a one-day workshop. The workshop is scheduled for May 20 and will help teachers develop curriculum that they will […] The post UF Hosts Waste to Energy Workshop appeared first on Findlay Newsroom.

Branden Ferguson Posted On March 4, 2024

University of Findlay is inviting all Northwest Ohio middle and high school educators teaching environmental and agricultural science to campus for a one-day workshop. The workshop is scheduled for May 20 and will help teachers develop curriculum that they will be able to incorporate into their classrooms. The theme is “Waste to Energy: Incorporation of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Practices in the Classroom.”

As part of the workshop, participating educators will gain experience in renewable energy and best practices on incorporating sustainability into the classroom, get hands-on experience in the lab working with biodiesel production and testing, and receive one credit hour of workshop credit through UF’s Master of Arts in Education Program. All fees will be paid through grants the University received from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Columbia Gas. A stipend will also be made available to the educator’s school for the purchase of equipment and supplies related to the incorporation of the new curriculum developed.

The workshop is made possible by the efforts of the University to obtain a grant from the Columbia Gas Foundation in 2018 and an additional $37,684 grant from the Ohio EPA in 2022. Last year the workshop welcomed a handful of local teachers looking to learn how to create opportunities for their students to get a different type of lab experience. “The fact that I’ll be able to help my students do these labs and relate them to cutting-edge technologies is awesome. The resource guide is going to improve lab skills, increase engagement, and possibly spark interest in STEM careers,” one teacher said.

The goal is for the workshop to go beyond what is taught to the teachers who attend and find its way to middle and high school students. “The Waste to Energy resource facilitates the development of skill sets necessary for middle and high schools to train 21st-century workers for agribusiness jobs. Students may end up becoming teachers in environmental or ag science or may end up working in the various areas of soybean or biodiesel production. The Waste to Energy resource gives teachers an avenue to show their students that these areas are great career pathways with lots of opportunities for growth in the future,” Nathan Tice, Ph.D., UF associate professor of chemistry and chair of physical sciences said.

If you are a teacher or know a teacher who may be interested in attending the May 20 workshop, please visit the Waste to Energy page through the University of Findlay website. To register for the event, click the red registration button.

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