Workshops and Resource Information


Teach Solar to Kids Workshop (July 26-29)
As part of a federally funded ARRA Grant, The Alabama Center for Excellence in Clean Energy Technologies at Calhoun Community College will present a four day workshop for local educators in teaching solar energy to kids.
     Educators, did you know...
     ... that this summer you can spend four days of fun (July 26-29) at Calhoun learning about teaching solar energy to kids?
     ... That you will receive a stipend of $100 per day, plus an additional $100 after presenting the information you learn during the week to your peers/students, for a total of $500?
     RE101: Teaching Solar Energy to Kids
     How do you teach solar? By putting the technology where students want it - in their hands. Tackle a variety of hands-on renewable energy challenges while talking classroom technique with top renewable energy educators. Educators attending this summer workshop will learn about the impacts that our energy use has on the planet and how to best teach youth about solutions: energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies. Each day will include hands-on elements that can be employed in the classroom. Integrating renewable energy education into youth development can provide an element of excitement for science education and hope for the future.
For an application form, visit Calhoun’s website at
For more information, contact: Matt Houston, 256-306-2643, or Jerry Adams, 256-306-2642,


Take a Journey to Our Nation's Estuaries
      Take a journey to our nation's estuaries by using the video clips in this New Estuary Video Gallery! Visit NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserve Estuary Video Gallery! This collection of short video clips is the "next best thing to an actual trip to an estuary" field trip. Use these video clips to teach and learn more about our nation's beautiful estuaries! Go to:
     There are over 150 video clips covering a range of topics! The main content themes are:
          • Estuaries & You: Provides a series of video clips focused on the relationship between estuaries and humans, mostly from a cultural, arts and economic perspective.
          • Life in an Estuary: Features video of life in an estuary, to include both plants and animals that make their home in an estuary.
          • Protect & Restore: Contains video stories about the impacts that humans can have on estuaries and the things that scientists, educators and students can do to protect and restore these wonderful places.
          • Science & Technology: Includes stories about the type of research done and the equipment used in monitoring our nation's estuaries in a video format.
          • K - Elementary: This section provides access to a reduced set of video clips that could be used with students at k-elementary grade levels. All the other videos in the collection have been tagged for use with middle and high-school students.
     To view these video clips you will need to have Flash Player installed on your computer. If you are wondering how the topic of estuaries can help you meet your instructional needs, I recommend you review the document titled "How Learning about Estuaries meets State and National Science Education Standards" found in this section of the website:
     We hope you will find this new Estuary Video Gallery useful! For questions, suggestions for improvements, or more information, click on the "Contact Us" page on Visit the site often as we will be adding new clips over the next few months. Don’t forget to celebrate National Estuaries Day, September 24th, 2011!

NASA - What's to Blame for the Wild Weather? "LaNada"
          Don't blame La Nina or El Nino for the USA's recent wild weather. According to one NASA climatologist, the real culprit is "La Nada." Record snowfall, killer tornadoes, and devastating floods: There’s no doubt about it. Since December 2010, the weather in the USA has been positively wild. But why? Some recent news reports have attributed the phenomenon to an extreme "La Niña," a band of cold water stretching across the Pacific Ocean with global repercussions for climate and weather. But NASA climatologist Bill Patzert names a different suspect: "La Nada." Read more:

Draft report on LCA Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration project available for public review
     NEW ORLEANS, LA – The draft construction report and draft environmental impact statement, “Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration,” outlining the proposed restoration of the Barataria Basin barrier islands is now available for a 45-day public review period. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, in partnership with the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration, have identified a proposed plan for the restoration of the barrier island system in Jefferson, Plaquemines and Lafourche parishes and will be accepting public comments on the proposed plan through Aug. 8, 2011.
     “The Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline restoration project is an important piece in the ongoing effort to protect coastal Louisiana from further land loss. Barrier islands play an important role as buffers against direct influences from the Gulf of Mexico on interior water bodies, such as Barataria Bay,” said Col. Fleming, New Orleans District Commander. “We look forward to continuing to partner with OCPR on the further development of this project.”
          "Restoration of our Barrier Island system is a critical component of our overall coastal protection and restoration program," says OCPR Executive Director Steve Mathies. "Given the land loss crisis plaguing our state, we fully support efforts to accelerate key projects that directly protect our coastal landscape and the many people and economic activities that depend on it."
     The proposed “LCA Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration” project is comprised of the restoration of the shorelines, dunes, and coastal marshes of Caminada Headland and Shell Island, which are critical features for the longterm sustainability of the structure and function of the Barataria Basin ecosystem. Copies of the draft construction report and draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are available online at
     The LCA Program, and the recommended projects contained within it, are the culmination of the Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Study, which was initiated in 2001 and is jointly managed by the Corps and the State of Louisiana to help address the state's severe coastal land-loss problems.
     Questions or comments concerning the LCA “Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration” project should be addressed to: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, c/o Public Affairs, PO Box 60267, New Orleans, LA 70160-0267, Phone: 504-862-2201, Fax: 504-862-1724, E-mail: