Connecting teachers with energy

Connecting teachers with energy

When Kelly Kruse returned to teaching two years ago, she found herself discussing topics that she wasn’t as familiar with.

Thanks to Energy in Today’s Classroom, a two-day graduate level course, the middle school science teacher is armed with more knowledge to pass on to her students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Josephville.

Connecting teachers with energy
Amber Haarmann, left, and Kelly Kruse

The program is offered through the University of Missouri and supported by the state’s electric cooperatives including Cuivre River Electric. The class covers energy basics, sources, production, power generation and transmission, economics and energy efficiency. Attendees also tour the University of Missouri’s power generation station and Boone Electric Cooperative’s community solar array.

“The Energy in Today’s Classroom Program was very helpful in broadening the topic of power and electricity beyond the textbook,” Kruse said. “I’m always looking for depth in the subjects I’m teaching. Getting to actually meet the people that work in this field and ask them questions again, gave me a perspective that doesn’t come from a textbook.”

As participants, teachers received a classroom kit. Tools and reference guides are included in the kit along with several hands-on demonstration tools to enhance learning opportunities.

Kruse anticipates her students will enjoy the new opportunities in her classroom.

“Students love to get their hands on things so the hand generator and energy stick will go over well,” she said.  

The Energy in Today’s Classroom program is designed to support the state’s educational standards and provides teachers with a background in energy and energy production.

Teachers who successfully complete the course receive one hour of graduate course credit. The graduate credit is equivalent to 15 hours of professional development.

There is no cost for teachers to attend Energy in Today’s Classroom. All expenses, including course materials and lodging, is paid for by Cuivre River Electric Cooperative. The co-op tries to send two educators each summer. Amber Haarmann, a science teacher at Troy South Middle School, joined Kruse at this year’s program held July 25-26 in Columbia.

The course is ideal for middle school and high school educators who have a background in science, math, agricultural science and building trades.

Teachers interested in attending Energy in Today’s Classroom can contact Chris Ryan at or call 800-392-3709 ext. 4831.

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