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015 | Energy Education: How to Create Opportunities for Problem-Based Learning in Classrooms | with

On Learning Unboxed, we like to share case studies of the projects and programs that are revolutionizing education; great new ideas that have already been tested, the lessons that we’ve learned along the way, and where there are opportunities for other communities to do similar things as they think about education. That’s why, today, we are excited to introduce you to Energy4Learning, a program that the PAST Foundation created in partnership with JadeTrack in November 2018.

Before we get into exactly what the program is, though, we want to introduce you to our guests, Ryan Prestel and Kat Deaner.

Ryan is the co-founder and CEO of JadeTrack, a cloud-based analytics platform powering some of the world’s most robust energy and sustainability programs. They empower stakeholders – and, for this program, students – to create impact by making complex energy usage data simple. Kat is PAST’s very own Director of School Design and Online Learning, and she leads all the efforts associated with school transformation projects, including Energy4Learning.

So, what is Energy4Learning? It’s a program that transforms school buildings into learning tools by leveraging the data that JadeTrack provides to engage students in problem-based learning. Students and teachers can actually use the JadeTrack monitoring system to solve problems around energy conservation in their classroom and school, integrating real-life problem solving into the classroom learning experience.

It’s a really exciting new way to address workforce development and energy education in the classroom, and the impact this type of program can have on not just students but the world is astounding.

We unbox:

  1. The origins of Energy4Learning

  2. How do we involve and engage our students in relevant learning opportunities around solving real-world problems?

  3. The workforce crisis in the energy sectors, especially around global sustainability

  4. How partnerships create opportunity

  5. Real-life examples of how this program is causing students to think more about their impact on the world, start asking important questions, and change their behaviors

  6. Making programs like Energy4Learning locally accessible and scalable

  7. Living the design cycle



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