Educating Teachers About Electricity

Schoolteachers interested in the electric industry have an opportunity to learn more about it this summer. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the power supplier to 18 of Colorado’s 22 electric co-ops, will bring together educators (teaching grades 4-12) who are electric cooperative members, teach at schools that are members or teach students whose parents are co-op members in TriState’s service area.

Those attending the three-day conference in Westminster July 26-29 receive the most up-to-date information on all aspects of energy including the science of energy, sources of energy, transportation, consumption, electricity, efficiency and environmental and economic impacts. Participants leave with the training and materials to implement innovative, hands-on energy units for their classrooms, teams and after-school programs.

Thanks to the support of Tri-State’s member cooperatives, there is no cost to educators in the Tri-State service area who participate. Educators outside of the Tri-State service area are welcome to apply and funding will be sought on their behalf. Lodging, meals, transportation and conference materials are provided.

The program is sponsored in cooperation with the National Energy Education Development Project, which works with the education community to promote an energy conscious and educated society by helping deliver multisided energy education programs.

This conference will help teachers integrate energy curriculum materials into classrooms at any grade level, with any group of students and with all learning styles. It will also focus on the successful achievement of state education goals in math and language. Attending teachers receive a NEED Science of Energy Kit, a class set of NEED Energy Infobooks (at grade level), access to all NEED Curriculum Guides and supplemental resources.

Teachers may register at or contact your local electric co-op for more information.