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Green and Renewable Energy Workshop for junior high school teachers continues at Lewis University

Published: July 18, 2012.

GREW participants tour a farm sponsored by
The Conservation Foundation in DuPage County.

Junior high school teachers recently headed back to the classroom to learn about current green and renewable energy trends and developments. For the second year, Lewis University in Romeoville hosted a Green and Renewable Energy Workshop for Joliet-area teachers. This year, Lewis partnered with teachers from Gompers Junior High School in Joliet. Over 20 teachers from several different departments participated in the workshop.

The 10-day workshop consisted of lectures, hands-on lab experiments and field trips to Argonne National Laboratory, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Metropolitan Industries and The Conservation Foundation. These experiences provided teachers with an insight to renewable energy research. At the end of the workshop, teachers divided into teams and planned their own research projects.

Lewis University faculty mentored the teachers as they developed methods of collecting data and implementing the material learned in their curriculum for the 2012-13 school year. They plan to continue to mentor the Gompers teachers during the school year to assess the implementation of the workshop content. Lewis University faculty that participated in the project include Dr. Ray Klump, chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dr. Lauren Rentfro, assistant professor of Education, Dr. Dorene Huvaere, chair of Secondary Education, Dr. Jerry Kavouras, assistant professor of Biology, Dr. Jason Keleher, assistant professor of Chemistry, Dr. Cynthia Kersey, assistant professor of Math and Computer Science and Dr. Joseph Kozminski, chair of Physics.

“We’re grateful for the Illinois State Board of Education grant that enabled us to bring science and education faculty together to lead hands-on workshops to help teachers develop innovative ways to teach about renewable energy in their classrooms,” commented Klump, who led the project with Rentfro.

The workshop was funded as an Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnership Summer Workshop/Institute Program, which is funded by the Illinois State Board of Education. As part of the grant, Gompers faculty will be able to purchase up to $25,000 in classroom equipment and supplies to improve math and science education at their school.

For more information, contact Dr. Ray Klump, chair of the Mathematics and Science Department, at (815) 836-5528 or

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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