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Dear Energy Education Providers,

Are you interested in a face to face meeting to discuss the integration of Energy Education in Minnesota and the formation of an Energy Education Consortium. The goal of this meeting will be to come up with an integrated plan for the production, delivery and funding of instructional materials in energy to operate seamlessly from K through 16 in the State of Minnesota.

Currently most of us operate independently of each other in a piecemeal fashion with "hit and miss" success. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses whereas if we were to cooperate many of our strengths could be shared and our weaknesses compensated for.Our neighboring state Wisconsin already has a plan for EE delivery, which we could learn from. It is called KEEP (K-12 Energy Education Program). It is a state mandated plan funded by Wisconsin's utilities and energy companies, with a full time staff of 6 working out of offices at UW Stevens Point.

We would like to see Minnesota with a similar plan. In fact we would like to see our plan extended from just merely K-12 to K-16, since there currently exists quite a credibility gap between instruction at the high school level and that at our colleges. Emphasis on STEM would be part and parcel of our work since the topics of energy lend themselves so readily to real life applications of these disciplines. Working together we see our required work as a three step process.

1. Form a consortium of EE deliverers to create an integrated plan for energy education K-16 in Minnesota.
2. Find several key Science, Math and Technical Education teachers across the state to buy into the plan.
3. Present our plan to the utilities and major energy companies of the state as a proposal for major funding ($X million).

If interested please contact to for Roger Aiken at the CREED Project (651-644-8318 or rogeraiken@creedproject.org) for meeting location and time.

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
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