Grant to Sierra Club to fund work­shops

The Oklahoman - - REAL ESTATE -

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.

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