A Closer Look into Santee Cooper’s Energy Educator’s Institute
For more than 32 years, Santee Cooper has provided a unique professional development experience for South Carolina kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers to explore the scientific concepts of energy, its sources, and use and impact on the environment, economy and society.
The Energy Educator’s Institute graduate level course is three-weeks long with a four-day residential stay where educators participate in presentations by industry professionals, tours, hands-on learning and classroom planning to discover the many facets of the electric industry.
Teachers get an insider look at the world of Santee Cooper, which includes generating electricity, providing clean water, maintaining lakes Marion and Moultrie, economic development, environmental stewardship, and providing educational resources for schools. During the class, the teachers tour the Pinopolis Lock at the Jefferies Hydroelectric Station, Cross Generating Station and Old Santee Canal Park. Educators emerge from the institute with materials and knowledge correlated to South Carolina state standards and relevant to curriculum requirements.
Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s state-owned electric and water utility that stands by its mission “to be the state’s leading resource for improving the quality of life for the people of South Carolina.” The first step to improving quality of life is education. Teachers are the core element in preparing future generations with the information, character traits and skills necessary to solve problems, how to think critically, and lead innovation.
Learn more about the free educational resources and opportunities Santee Cooper provides to educators and communities at www.santeecooper.com or www.santeecooperkids.com. And keep an eye on our social media pages for updates in July on this year’s Energy Educator’s Institute.