North Country Weatherization Education Opportunities

Teachers or students in Coos county can register for any or all of the following opportunities. 

**Attending the site visit and/or having an in-class workshop is recommended for students hoping to participate in the Build-a-thon challenge, as these will provide content knowledge to help students prepare as well as opportunities to ask questions of experts in the field.

Weatherization fieldtrip/site-visit: 

Students visit a building site being renovated in Colebrook by Canaan CTE students, experience a blower-door test and partial energy audit, use thermal cameras and other tools/activities to investigate thermal transfer, and work with other students to explore connections between this work and people, planet, profit. If transportation is a barrier, please contact aubrey@nheep.org to try and work something out.
 

Heat Transfer and/or Modeling Climate Science - In-class Workshop with NHEEP educator: 

An energy educator from VEEP/NHEEP can come to your class and do hands-on investigations and demonstrations with your students to help them understand heat transfer and/or figure out the connection between weatherization and climate. Click here to register for an in-class workshop!
 

What the Weatherization?- Build-a-thon Challenge:

Small groups of students participate in an engineering design and build challenge to demonstrate the main principles of weatherization. They receive a small building stipend and their design is submitted virtually for judging by a small panel of professionals. The winners receive prizes.
 

More about the what the weatherization? build-a-thon:

Goal: In small teams, design and build a tool, activity, demonstration or experiment that can be used to help students figure out how to achieve optimal building performance in regard to one or more of the following weatherization principles:

 

Category 1 - Convective heat transfer

Category 2 - Conductive heat transfer

Category 3 - Moisture transport and impacts*

Category 4 - Building ventilation**

OPEN Category - Buildings as Energy Systems- Combination of all 4 principles and the interactive nature of these concepts.

 

CRITERIA:

Fun, Interactive and Creative: How effectively did the design engage the learner and provide a unique, meaningful and memorable experience?

 

Accessible, Clear, Safe, Audience-Appropriate: Were the elements of and the instructions for the project approachable for the intended audience (including for learners with different needs)?

 

Scientifically Accurate and Well-Researched : Did the project list sources, provide evidence for their reasoning and present the building principles, scientific concepts, and best practices accurately? 

 

Materials Cost, Scalability, Sustainably Sourced: Is the project simple enough to build that it could be scaled up and be used widely as a low-cost, sustainably sourced resource for learners across New England?

 

Industry Relevance/Applicability- How effectively will this design help prepare the learner(s) to participate in the weatherization or building systems industries?

 

Building Systems and Impacts- Did the project demonstrate how various aspects of weatherization principles are interrelated and why this work matters (for people, planet, prosperity)?

Interested? Please register below!

 

  • My students would like to participate in the following opportunities:
    Oct. 25th: 12PM-2:30PM Colebrook, NH
    An educator will be in touch to schedule a date and program details.
    Showcase: Nov. 4th
    Does your school/organization serve students from Coos County?