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Arctic/Antarctic Resources

Arctic/Antarctic Resources (15)

With a geographic focus on the Arctic, WSF has compiled some basic information about the Polar Regions, from the differences between the regions, to educational content about Antarctica and Greenland and how climate change is affecting the coldest regions of our Planet.

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Climate Change Basics

Climate Change Basics (17)

EducationDriven by a commitment to solutions, the Will Steger Foundation provides information on climate change basics, giving educators and learners background knowledge to work towards slowing climate change.

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Summer Institute for Climate Change Education

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education (23)

The Will Steger Foundation’s Summer Institute for Climate Change Education is an annual professional development workshop held every August for educators and community members on climate change. Institute sessions include climate change experts, professional educators and educational experts, community resource professionals, curriculum resources and tools for action. Past speakers have included NASA’s top climate scientists, Dr. Jim Hansen, New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin, Inuit leader, Theo Ikummaq and author Bill McKibben. Partners include: St. Paul Public Schools, National Education Association and Valley Natural Foods. Institutes have been held at the School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley, MN: Science Museum of Minnesota; University of Minnesota Continuing Education Conference Center.

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014 12:22

Summer Institute FAQs

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“I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?”
In the event of a cancellation, participants will receive a full refund minus a $25 processing fee. Alternatively, the fee may be transferred to another participant and doing so is encouraged. No refunds are possible less than 1 month prior to the event. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it in the event of a cancellation or with any questions.

“Does the Institute count for CEUs?”
Yes – Every year we make sure that our Institute experience is worth CEUs and they will be awarded to all participants upon successful attendance and completion of the Institute. Each year, the amount of CEUs available varies depending on the length of the training. To learn more contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

“Is Grad Credit Available?”
Many years we do coordinate with Hamline University to award graduate credit to participants for additional cost and slight additional work – typically a reflection paper or similar. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about graduate credit for this year.

 “What does my registration fee cover?”
Registration fees cover costs of the event (when applicable: lodging, food, keynotes, location, administration etc.)  We do everything we can to keep costs low and to make our event accessible to all in this manner.

"What if I'm attending from out of state?"
Each year we have people who attend the Institute who come from outside of Minnesota. If you are interested in attending and traveling from a different state or country to attend the event, please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  to tell us about your unique circumstances and we'll see what we can do to help make your experience comfortable and simple.

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slideshow webinar2Stay tuned for our fall 2014 Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar series!

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 19:35

2014 Summer Institute Speaker and Guest Bios

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Dr. Abraham

Keynote Speaker

Dr. John Abraham is a Professor of Thermal Sciences where he researches in climate monitoring and renewable energy generation for the developing world. His energy development work has extended to Africa, South America, and Asia. Read more about him and his work here.

How can educators teach children about local impacts of climate change? Where can they find good resources for activities and up-to-date scientific information from reputable sources? Minda Berbeco is the Programs and Policy Director at the National Center for Science Education. She will be talking about the newly released National Climate Assessment, a scientific and governmental resource that demonstrates the local impacts on climate change and projections for the future. She will present on how to bring the NCA into the classroom and what vetted resources are available. We will focus on resources to make climate change local and relevant.

Josh Sneideman is this year’s Department of Energy’s Einstein Science Educator Fellow. He will introduce the Energy Literacy Essential Principles developed with the goal of building an energy literate public. In addition, we will introduce the Will Steger Foundation’s Experience Energy Curriculum and Mike Arquin, founder of Kidwind will demonstrate one of Kidwind’s many great activities.

Understanding climate policy is important to develop climate literacy, but engaging students in policy issues can be difficult.  In an effort to make climate policy more relevant to students, the School of Environmental Studies has been taking a delegation of high school students to the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change's Conference of Parties (COP) meetings for the last 4 years. This webinar includes a presentation from students that attended COP 19 in Warsaw this past November. In addition, their teacher, Craig Johnson, talks about the value of these experiences from an educational perspective. We conclude by highlighting curriculum resources to help you integrate climate change policy into your educational setting.

Polar explorer Will Steger has been traveling the polar-regions for over 45 years and is an eyewitness to the impacts of climate change. This webinar included Will’s eyewitness account via stories, photos and video clips. Attendees were also introduced to resources to help students develop their own eyewitness accounts via journaling, citizen science and media projects.

slideshow webinar2View our archived climate and energy literacy webinar series to catch up on what you missed!

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coverAugust 4-6, 2014
Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN 

Over 60 educators joined us for our Summer InstituteWe share the experience with you - the presentations, photos, documents and more - while our memories are fresh. 

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Tuesday, 03 September 2013 09:41

Experience Energy

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Experience Energy Curriculum

Energy education is an important component of comprehensive climate change education and essential to achieving climate literacy. This 6 lesson curriculum for Grades 3-8 introduces students to energy basics, emphasizes the connection between our energy use and consumption, the resulting impact on our climate and energy solutions that mitigate its impact. It also includes case studies of climate action projects done by high school students and an action template for planning your own solutions based action. This curriculum is alligned to Minnesota State Science Standards and the Energy Literacy Principles.

Grades K-5 Minnesota educators interested in having a classroom visit on energy should check out TOLBY, the Minnesota Energy Challenge mascot!  For more information visit their webpage.

 

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Experience Energy Curriculum Preview:

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For educators who would like to download handouts and worksheets from Experience Energy download the master pages here:

  • Energy Pre and Post Assessment (925KB PDF)
  • States of Energy Sorting Cards (1.6MB PDF)
  • Energy Scavenger Hunt Worksheet (770KB PDF)
  • Minnesota Electricity Sources Cards (3.4MB PDF)
  • Minnesota Electricity Journey (1.8MB PDF)
  • Minnesota State Energy Map (427KB PDF)
  • Minnesota Greenhouse Emissions by Source (442KB PDF)
  • Economics of Energy (396KB PDF)
  • Energy Source Pros and Cons (391KB PDF)
  • School Energy Audit (895KB PDF)
  • What’s the "cost" of energy use? (831KB PDF)
  • Average Wind Speed at 80 Meters (437KB PDF)
  • Photovoltaic Solar Resources of the United States (428KB PDF)
  • Biomass Resources of the United States (451KB PDF)
  • Climate Action Plan Template (925KB PDF)
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