Beth Shields Middle School Students Get a Taste of Renewable Energy Technologies

FLATE, the NSF Center of Excellence for high-tech manufacturing, in conjunction with HCC-South Shore campus, is organizing its second, annual summer energy camp. The camp will be held July 9-12 at HCC-South Shore Campus in Ruskin, FL.
 
June 26, 2012 - PRLog -- FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center), the NSF (National Science Foundation) Center of excellence in high-tech manufacturing, in conjunction with Hillsborough Community College South Shore campus is organizing its second, annual summer energy camp. The camp will be held July 9-12 at HCC-South Shore Campus in Ruskin, FL. During the camp, 25 students from Beth Shields Middle School in Ruskin, currently enrolled in Hillsborough County’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program, will learn and gain deeper understanding of the many aspects of renewable energy technologies. Students will engage in a variety of hands-on activities that will introduce them to energy concepts including fossil fuels, their environmental impact, and the science of electricity generation. They will also learn about solar cells, solar thermal energy, wind energy, environmental care, fuel-cells, home efficiency and ocean energy.

FLATE’s energy camp is part of a network of energy camps being offered simultaneously at Tallahassee Community College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, and Brevard Community College. Nina Stokes, camp coordinator and project manager for FESC (Florida Energy Systems Consortium) says "the camps focus on fun, yet challenging, hands-on activities that enable students to make real-life connections to world of renewable energy technologies.” Stokes says “as the production of renewable energy continues to grow, camps like this help educate tomorrow’s citizens about issues that will directly impact them/their environment in the future."

Indeed, the energy camps are made possible through a partnership between FLATE and FESC which is a consortium of Florida universities established by the Florida Legislature. FLATE and FESC are also working in collaboration with the National Science Foundation-funded Energy Systems Technology Technicians (EST²) project team to design a new specialization for the engineering technology degree and associated college credit certificate. The EST² project team comprises individuals from Brevard Community College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Tallahassee Community College and Hillsborough Community College.

Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE says “FLATE’s partnership with FESC is part of a statewide initiative to support industries in the existing and emerging energy sectors by defining the knowledge and skills required for their technician workforce.” With support from industry and partnerships with the Florida Department of Education, and the Banner Centers for Energy, Alternative Energy, Manufacturing and Construction, Barger hopes “to build a comprehensive and cohesive educational and industry pathway for Florida’s new energy.”

For more information on the energy camp contact Nina Stokes at 813.259.6587/stokes@fl-ate.org. For information on FESC contact Dr. Marilyn Barger at 813.259.6578/barger@fl-ate.org.

FLATE is a National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence, committed to ensuring Florida has a well prepared workforce for advanced and emerging technologies. Created in 2004, FLATE is one of 46 Advanced Technological Education Centers in the United States funded by the National Science Foundation focused on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and training to meet the needs of American advanced technology industries. For more information visit www.fl-ate.org.

FESC is a consortium of 11 Florida Universities legislatively created in 2008. The Consortium was charged to ‘perform research and development on innovative energy systems that lead to alternative energy strategies, improved energy efficiencies, and expanded economic development for the state.’ The FESC-FLATE partnership defines
FLATE as FESC’s Core Facility for community college technical workforce education development and deployment throughout the state. For more information visit www.fl-ate.org/projects/fesc, or www.floridaenergy.ufl.edu.
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