For Immediate Release - August 06, 2009

Patrick Administration Presents Energy Education Training for Massachusetts Teachers

Department of Energy Resources teams with Massachusetts utilities to offer free "Energizing Your Classroom" workshop on August 19

BOSTON - Thanks to a workshop co-sponsored by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), dozens of teachers representing schools across Massachusetts will return to their classrooms this fall armed with facts and figures on energy and its environmental and economic impacts, as well as a suite of new techniques and materials designed to engage their students.

There are still openings for K-12 teachers who would like to participate in the August 19 workshop at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center in Marlborough. The free workshop is co-sponsored by DOER, National Grid, NStar, the Cape Light Compact, Northeast Utility Systems and the National Energy Education Project (NEED).

Titled, "Energizing Your Classroom," the statewide workshop reflects a number of Patrick Administration goals - combining the Governor's clean energy priorities with his commitment to improving and expanding educational opportunities throughout the Commonwealth by providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in the 21 st century global economy.

"Today's elementary, middle and high school students are the leaders of tomorrow who will soon make decisions that affect the energy future of our Commonwealth, our country and the world," DOER Commissioner Phil Giudice said. "It is essential that young people have working knowledge of how much energy we use, how it is generated, and how that affects other people and the environment. This free workshop for Massachusetts teachers is a vital step in that process."

Using materials and activities developed by NEED (and aligned with Massachusetts state education science standards), the day-long workshop will provide comprehensive, objective information about the science of energy, energy sources and their use and impact on the environment, the economy and society. Teachers will return to their classrooms with energy curriculum materials and ideas for hands-on activities to use this fall.

Approximately 80 educators have already registered for the program, including teachers from the following school districts: Acton, Andover, Ashburnham, Auburn, Bridgewater, Brockton, Charlestown, Chelmsford, Chicopee, Duxbury, Falmouth, Hopkinton, Lawrence, Leominster, Lexington, Lynn, Malden, Marion, Marlborough, Milford, Newton, Northampton, Revere, Rockland, Roxbury, Scituate, Springfield, Topsfield, Wakefield, Walpole, and Winchester.

Members of the media interested in covering the workshop should contact the DOER communications office (listed above).