In the past 6 weeks, Envirolution has been busy! We have engaged with over 3,100 students and community partners with over 55 volunteers with events like our Career Quest at the Apple Data Center, Tesla, Redwood Materials, Wood Rodgers, Fulcrum, the Landfill, Eco recycling center, and TMWA, to community outreach at the Shaw community resource day, Earth Day, Aces Educational Day, Dayton STEM night and the Northern Nevada Science and Technology Festival. We are thrilled to partner with such amazing organizations and be able to engage and interact with so many members of our community talking about STEAM and sustainability. Check us out if you are interested in volunteering with EnvirolutionRead More →

Dr. Eric Heiselt is a passionate science teacher at Silverland Middle School in Lyon County School District who first joined Project ReCharge in 2015. Envirolution staff recently went to his classroom to learn about how he integrated Project ReCharge into his curriculum to create a brand new elective class. It was incredible to see a classroom of middle school students excited to learn about circuits and STEAM. Through fun lessons and creative activities, Dr. Heiselt’s elective class has become one of the most popular to take. Thank you, Dr. Heiselt, for making STEAM and sustainability education engaging while preparing your students to become future leaders!Read More →

Valentines Day = Teacher AppreciationProject ReCharge had some very special Valentine’s this year for our Master Teacher program! Each of our 14 master teachers received a special delivery gift bag to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication to making Project ReCharge the best professional learning experience! Thank you again to our Master Teacher Valentines!Read More →

During this month of celebrating all the incredible contributions of black pioneers past, present, and future, we are highlighting the work of Hazel Rollins Reid O’Leary.  In 1977 she was head of the Department of Energy’s Economic Regulatory Administration where she successfully passed the Fuel Use Act and developed programs that assisted low-income residents. In 1993 she became the first and only woman to hold the position of U.S. Secretary of Energy where she was the principal architect of the Clinton energy policy which emphasized both conservation and innovation. From all of us at Envirolution and all the future energy leaders out there, THANK YOU for your contribution and impact on sustainability.Read More →

Project ReCharge  We develop Project ReCharge curriculum to reach all students, including underrepresented populations, by making it relevant, accessible, and inclusive. The curriculum speaks to various lived experiences, is accessible to different learning styles, and includes diverse cultures and backgrounds. We recently created student readings on “Solar and Equity” and “Lighting and your Health” to help students investigate social inequities around solar power and lighting.Read More →

Carson City School District has adopted Project ReCharge as part of their core curriculum for an Intermediate STEM elective class. Kim Tucker at Eagle Valley Middle School is one of the amazing teachers throughout Nevada who are educating their students about sustainability and energy efficiency. We are so fortunate to get to work with her as a Master Teacher.  “My favorite part of the Project ReCharge [curriculum] was the puzzle boxes that me and my classmate did. I had a lot of fun because it wasn’t like anything we had done in that class yet.” — EVMS 7th grade student referring to theCSI (Climate Scene Investigation)Read More →

Baking is as much a science as it is an art form. Combine flour, sugar, and eggs, add a little bit of heat, and voila! You have a tasty treat to enjoy with friends and family. One of my family’s favorite traditions around the holidays is to bake and build our own gingerbread houses, which is actually a great way to test your STEAM skills! If you’re feeling adventurous, check out this recipe from Food Network: Gingerbread House Recipe. If you’re still developing your baking skills, you can always find a gingerbread house kit in your local grocery store. Happy holiday eating!Read More →

Do you or a teacher you know need fun sustainability and energy lessons for students?  Join us for a Sneak Peek at the Project ReCharge Curriculum! We are holding 3 virtual hands-on training sessions starting in January 2022 with focuses on sustainability, wind energy, and solar energy.Teachers will learn how engaging, and impactful these topics can be for them and their students!Join us for one session or all of them! We are offering a $25 stipend or recertification credits for each session. We are limiting our class sizes to 25 per session so sign up today!All sessions will be held on Zoom and teachers will beRead More →

Are you in a STEAM field and interested in volunteering with students across Nevada? Our STEAM Guest Speaker program is just what you are looking for!Join our workshop to learn more about presenting to students, creating an engaging presentation, and get tips on presenting in-person and virtually!  STEAM guest speakers are a valuable gift to students as they act as role models, show “real-life” context, and open up different career opportunities to students. Join us on December 7th by signing up for our workshop today. “I loved hearing specific feedback and ideas! As well as more general tools to use in a virtual environment. Being able toRead More →

The school year is flying by and we have already hosted two teacher trainings this September. Our first one covered thermal systems where elementary teachers looked at the physical properties of insulation and secondary teachers investigated thermal conductivity. Both groups then applied that knowledge to make a house more efficient at passive cooling, which helps reduce energy use and saves money in their homes and schools. The PRC team also hosted its very first Hybrid Professional Learning at the Desert Research Institute where teachers participated in-person and virtually in our new Climate Scene Investigation (CSI) reverse breakout lesson! Teachers worked through a series of 5 multi-curricular puzzles to investigate globalRead More →