The 2018 REcharge Academy has been announced! This year's Academy will be hosted at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Scholarships are being announced on a rolling basis - it's never to early to sign up! Read more about the program below or sign up on the Register page.
The REcharge Academy is a week-long educator training workshop about renewable energy. The intensive training blends lectures from experts and tours of energy facilities with replicable hands-on K-12 lessons to give educators content as well as context. A REcharge Academy combines materials from REcharge Labs, WindWise Curricula, KidWind, and Vernier, as well as other materials we find applicable and useful in the classroom. After successfully completing an Academy, all attendees become REcharge Instructors, and are certified to teach REcharge programming in their own areas! To get a sense of what to expect, and to review post-training evaluation results, download the 2017 REcharge Academy Report.
Here's what past Instructors have to say
"I loved the way the workshop was organized. We learned through the participation in the activities. Way too often workshops are all lecture and no play!" (2016 REcharge Instructor)
"Great model that I am working to get more comfortable with - less instruction and more rolling up the sleeves and getting to work. I am now more comfortable with adding maker activities to my courses." (2016 REcharge Instructor)
"There was so much great information and opportunities to learn and experience. This training will prepare you to integrate renewable energy into your program and you will have a great time doing it!" (2015 REcharge Instructor)
"I really loved the active mix. The staff was terrific as were the other attendees. The mix of people and backgrounds really added some depth to the learning which was a happy surprise. I was thrilled to get some real content and concrete hands on materials." (2015 REcharge Instructor)
A brief history of the REcharge Academy
Our team has been holding REcharge Academies for 9 years (they used to be called WindSentors) and have trained over 200 REcharge Instructors through this intensive program. Each Academy has a slightly different focus, but the overarching theme is to help educators understand renewable energy science, how renewable energy can impact the world, and how educators can creatively share these concepts in the classroom.