Grant to Sierra Club to fund workshops
The Kirkpatrick Foundation has donated $125,000 to the Oklahoma Chapter of the Sierra Club to develop a renewable energy curriculum for Oklahoma teachers who teach 4th through 8th grade, the Sierra Club said Friday. The grant is the largest ever received by Oklahoma Sierra Club. The donation is designed to expand awareness of Oklahoma's newest energy fields into secondary classrooms, where students will learn about the science and engineering behind the state's rapidly growing renewable energy sector. The free one-day professional development workshops developed with the grant will provide curriculum written to standards, all needed supplies and hands on exploratory lessons surrounding how solar and wind energy are created, the Sierra Club said. The program will lead six workshops throughout the state in 2018 and early 2019, and the trainings will be facilitated by retired science teachers Tara Barker and Jane Cronin, as well as Doug Weirick, an environmental science professor at East Central University.