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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!