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Energy Education Opportunities

2014 Energy Camp for Teachers

The 2014 Energy Camp for Teachers is now accepting applications. Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs, these four-day summer camps are free and offer a fun and educational experience for K-12 teachers.

Conducted by the nationally recognized Tennessee Energy Education Program, the 2014 Energy Camp offers activities presented by award-winning energy educators and professionals. Camp activities will address science standards and will also make connections to Common Core State Standards for English language, arts and math. The camps will include sessions with classroom activities divided into grade clusters of K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 as to address grade-specific standards and include age-appropriate instructional methods. Teachers will leave the Energy Camps with increased background knowledge of science of energy, energy conservation and clean energy technology and be prepared to involve students in service learning projects that promote environmental stewardship in their schools and communities.

The camps will be offered at three Tennessee State Park locations during the summer of 2014, including Cumberland Mountain, Paris Landing and Fall Creek Falls. Lodging, meals, camp materials, field trips and a $400 stipend will be provided for participating teachers. Each camp will include a one-day field trip to energy-related sites. The 2014 dates and locations are:

  • June 3-6 at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville, Tenn.
  • June 10-13 at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, Tenn.
  • July 8-11 at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Pikeville, Tenn.

Space at the 2014 Energy Camp for Teachers is limited and filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so, early registration is strongly suggested. While a school may be represented by one teacher, it is highly recommended that teams of two teachers from a school attend the camp and work together to develop and conduct an energy education program. Teachers who attended energy camps in 2013 are eligible, but must also submit a NEED project.

For more information or to obtain an application, please contact Angela McGee at or call the Energy Hotline at 800-342-1340. The application deadline is April 11, 2014.

National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project

Visit this website for free, downloadable teacher and student guides about the science of energy, energy resources, energy conservation and efficiency. Click on the educator tab for a drop-down menu to select curriculum search of your choice. To find the Tennessee standards connections, select the "Correlations to State Standards" tab and find Tennessee. Check out NEED's new interactive maps showing energy information that can be used for science, math, or social studies lessons. NEED also has online pre- and post-polls to assess your students' energy knowledge.

Tennessee Science Teachers Association (TSTA)

TSTA is the largest professional organization of science teachers in Tennessee. Visit this site to learn about professional development opportunities for science teachers, including the TSTA annual conference. This year's conference is November 10-12 at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro

Tennessee Environmental Education Association (TEEA)

This is a clearinghouse site for all the environmental education events in Tennessee, and includes a calendar of environmental events that features TEEA along with Tennessee State Parks and other parks and nature centers, Project Learning Tree and more.