ASTC – United States Department of Energy (DOE) Partnership

ASTC Energy Education Initiatives – Supported by BP America and the Department of Energy

As communities across the United States celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 19, ASTC teamed up with DOE and BP America to host a kickoff event for the 2015 Minorities in Energy (MIE) STEM and Energy Literacy Series. MIE seeks to inspire youth from underrepresented communities to pursue careers in energy and support their advancement to leadership positions. In cooperation with the DC Public Housing Authority and DC metro-area communities, nearly 200 attendees participated in the event at the Smithsonian Institution’s Ripley Center on the National Mall.

DOE has also launched STEM Mentoring Cafés in our science centers across the U.S. The first café was held at the Smithsonian National Natural History Museum in December last year. Upcoming cafés around the U.S. are planned.

On Earth Day, DOE office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy hosted the Wild Center and ASTC at their Washington, D.C. offices. The Wild Center presented “How to Host a Youth Climate Summit” based on their successful Youth Climate Summit model. The event was broadcast as a live webinar and showcased their Youth Climate Summit Toolkit, which is available as a free download from their website.

ASTC has been approached by BP America to provide a series of educator training workshops on energy literacy. Contributions to an online community will help to shape the topics offered at the workshops. Look out for upcoming dates and venues in INFORMER and the ASTC Professional Development Newsletter.

How to Get Involved

Look out for a new group coming to the ASTC Community around energy literacy and science centers. DOE is requesting feedback on topics and questions from ASTC members. The ideas bubbling up from this community will be used by DOE to provide a series of webinars for the benefit of our field.

ASTC and DOE plan to launch similar events to that which took place on MLK Day in science centers across the U.S. throughout 2015. Participating in the online community will help you contribute to the process.

For more details on any of the energy-related initiatives, please contact Ann Hernandez, ASTC Program Manager, Professional Development, at ahernandez@astc.org.

Encouraged by US government leaders and interest by other science centers, our collective goal is to share the DOE Youth Climate Summit convening program format at no cost and support the development of at least 10 Youth Climate Summits across the international science museum community in 2015. We will offer all the organizational tools you will need along with connections to scientific experts in your region. For further details, please contact Walter Staveloz, ASTC Director of International Relations, at wstaveloz@astc.org.