Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM MDT
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 1:00 PM MDT

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Tri-State Generation & Transmission
1100 West 116th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80234

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Wendi Moss
The NEED Project

2020 Tri-State Generation & Transmission Energy Education Conference - Westminster, CO 

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Science that Sparks!

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, in conjunction with The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, offers a conference to provide educators with the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy so they may implement hands-on lessons in their classrooms.

Available to 4th -12th grade teachers who are or teach electric co-op members of Tri-State G&T Association’s member systems. Tri-State G&T Association’s member systems.

Educators receive: 

  • Hands-on Science of Energy kit for the classroom ($300 value).
  • Professional development credit.
  • STEM curriculum regarding the science of energy, sources of energy, electricity efficiency and more. The NEED Project has over 30 years of energy education and curriculum development experience.
  • Assistance meeting math and language arts Common Core Standards.
  • Most travel expenses are covered including lodging, meals and transportation.

For more information contact Wendi Moss, The NEED Project, at wmoss@need.org or Michelle Pastor, Tri-State, at mpastor@tristategt.org.


TUE., JUNE 23, DAY 1

8:00 Registration and hot breakfast

8:30 Welcome, introductions, Energy Bingo

9:30 Science of Energy
Learn about the different forms of energyand explore inquiry activities designed to teach these concepts.

11:30 Story Behind the Switch
Participate in this hair-raising electric safety program that can be facilitated in your very own classroom.

12:15 Lunch at Tri-State

1:00 Energy Roundup
Explore properties and characteristics of the ten major sources of energy.

1:15 Baseload Balance Activity

2:00 Tour of Tri-State Operations and Energy Markets

4:00 JM Shafer Tour discussion

4:30 Adjourn

Check into hotel, dinner on your own

WED., JUNE 24, DAY 2

8:00 Field trip: Tour of J.M. Shafer Generating Station, Ft. Lupton, Colorado

11:00 Electric Connections
Understanding the electricity generation mix inthe United States.

11:20 Global Trading Game
Consider energy, environment and economics inter-relationships between entities and countries.

12:30 Lunch at Tri-State

1:00 Energy Enigma
Apply what you’ve leaned so far in this critical thinking activity.

2:15 Exploring Coal and Natural Gas
Learn more about coal and natural gas using NEED activities.

3:45 Photos

4:15 Science of Electricity Model
Build a Science of Electricity demonstration for your classroom.

5:30 Dinner at Tri-State HQ

THU., JUNE 25, DAY 3

8:00 Exploring Wind and Solar
Explore the generation of electricity using wind and solar power.

9:15 Tri-State’s cooperative way

9:45 Introduction to Energy Efficiency and Conservation
Understand the simple, low-cost ways to reduce energy consumption and the science behind energy efficiency.

10:30 Energy House
Learn about efficiency, conservation and economic returns by building and insulating a cardboard house.

12:30 Lunch and networking with Tri-State Staff

2:00 Exploring the NEED website and curriculum available to teachers.

2:45 Energy Jeopardy

3:30 Adjourn