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Master Conservationists hold class at ATEEC!!

Wind Turbine Blade Design

Nahant Marsh and Iowa State University Extension co-sponsored a new program, “Iowa Master Conservationist–Planting the seeds of conservation in Iowa.” The program uses field experiences and classroom training to cover a broad range of conservation issues and topics. These experiences help Iowans make informed, intelligent choices for a lifestyle of stewardship. This six-month course held its final workshop, “Energy Use and Waste Reduction,” here at ATEEC. Participants learned about the basics of electricity, solar, biodiesel, and wind energy.

If you would like to learn more about the Iowa Master Conservationist program, contact Brian Ritter,  Education Facilitator Nahant Marsh, at

If your organization would like to hold a meeting or class in the Interactive Learning Lab, please contact  We would love to host your group!!



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ATEEC Interactive Learning Lab Helps Teachers Bring Sustainable Energy into the Classroom

Eleven science and math teachers from Iowa and Illinois participated in ENERGIZE STUDENTS! Bringing Sustainable Energy into the Classroom. This five-day workshop was held at the ATEEC Interactive Learning Lab and the Blong Technology Center in Davenport, Iowa from July 9-13, 2012. Sponsored by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, the workshop helped facilitate the incorporation of alternative energy education into K-12 science curriculum. Teachers had the opportunity to increase their science knowledge, conduct inquiry-driven problem solving scenarios, integrate technology into science teaching, use manipulative science materials, and improve science teaching skills across the science strands.

Building the wind turbine blades

During the week, the teachers were busy with hands-on experiments beginning with instructional kits from A World in Motion:® a program that brings science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to life in the classroom for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Benchmarked to national science and math standards, the program incorporates the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics into hands-on activities that reinforce classroom STEM curriculum. Teachers also used the KidWind® Advanced Wind Experiment kit and Thermal Solar kit to help students discover concepts of wind turbine technology and solar technology. The rest of the week the teachers built homemade basic electricity kits to use in their classrooms.

The ENERGIZE STUDENTS! workshop will be offered again in June 2013. Contact Gina Howell at for details.

Thermal Solar Kits In action!


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