Lisa Andresen, a special education teacher from North Crawford School, earned an Energy Education Certificate through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP).
The Energy Education Certificate reflects comprehensive professional development and experiences in energy content and teaching competencies.
Educators can earn the certificate after completing at least three Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) courses and providing evidence of involvement in at least three energy education activities. KEEP courses are varied and help teachers appreciate the need for energy education, while providing them the tools for successful classroom integration.
Courses range from basic energy concepts, such as what is energy and where does our energy come from, to more advanced concepts such as how to use renewable energy as an alternative energy source, to how to use the school building as a teaching tool. KEEP courses are offered through UWSP Continuing Education.
Andresen has demonstrated her commitment to Energy Education by actively engaging students in hands-on activities that provide in-depth explorations of energy concepts and issues. She introduces the importance of renewable energy to her students by guiding them through the designing, building, and testing of solar ovens and floating wind turbines. These exercises allow students to use the engineering design process, which develops problem-solving skills and prepares them for real-world challenges.