Edgar Teacher Ronk Invited to Sustainable Energy Institute This Fall

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From the Superintendent's Office and Edgar School:

Edward C. Ronk, a teacher at Edgar Middle School, Metuchen, was one of twenty- four New Jersey teachers selected to participate in a week-long sustainable energy institute that explored what it means to "go green" through the use of solar and wind energy production. In addition, the teachers were introduced to other energy-related topics and learned about career opportunities for their students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In September, the teachers plan to incorporate the engaging, hands-on, engineering design activities that were the foundation of this summer experience into their middle school science programs. Conducted at The College of New Jersey, the institute was a partnership between the New Jersey Science Teachers Association (NJSTA) and the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ and was made possible with generous funding from the Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) Foundation.

Teachers were engaged in constructing working wind turbine generators and solar power systems, and used both science inquiry and the engineering design process to learn how to optimize the performance of their wind and solar power systems. Teachers left the Institute with curricular tools that will interest their students in contemporary energy-related issues and provide them with an understanding of how to link engineering design and problem-solving to renewable energy projects for the future.

Mr. Ronk also received an invitation to attend a follow-up session at the New Jersey Science Convention (NJSC) in October 2012, where he will be recognized as an "NJSTA Simmons Scholar." This professional development opportunity was part of an ongoing initiative of NJSTA and its Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award fund. NJSTA's mission is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.

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