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Education : Educator Training Program

Investigate (click on image for video)

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How can you grow your own knowledge and skills to inspire your students? What new opportunities are developing for science-based careers in the region? Learn about this and more at the USDA-sponsored Bioenergy and Bioproducts teacher training workshops, organized by Cornell University, West Virginia University, and Penn State.

Apply (applications now being accepted)

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Summer workshops will be held in two locations:

  • West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV): 20-24 June, 2016
  • Penn State University (State College, PA): 11-15 July, 2016
  • Wings of Eagles Discovery Center Museum (Horseheads New York): 01 Aug and 15-17 Aug, 2016

Engage (click on image for video)

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Attend and participate in these informative and engaging one-week workshops.

The schedule will include talks from national experts, hands-on laboratory activities, and site visits to research and/or industrial sites.

Utilize (click on image for video)

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Now the excitement really gets started, when you return to your institution and use what you have learned.

As you begin incorporating bioenergy topics into your classroom teaching, you will have the support of the ongoing network of instructors as well as current and former workshop participants.

Want to find our more? Got questions?

Apply for 2016!

Access the online application system at:

Applicaitons are reviewed on an ongoing basis, so be sure to submit your application as early as possible to ensure a spot at the event. If one location is full and a neighboring state's program has availability, you may be offered the option of shifting location.

About the Program

Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Programs provide professional development and hands-on teaching tools for educators (grades 6 - 16, in-service and pre-service teachers and extension educators) who want to learn and teach about the Bioenergy systems currently in use and under development in the United States.

Through funding from the US Department of Agriculture, each one-week workshop provides scholarship packages to 10 accepted applicants per site. Each scholarship package includes:

  1. Full waiver of one-week workshop registration fees
  2. Full set of program kits to bring back to your classroom
  3. Daily lunch/snacks provided for continuation of the workshop
  4. Transportation to/from tour sites
  5. Limited support of travel costs for teachers attending the workshop

What it offers

Educators in these one-week Teacher Training Workshops will leave with the ability to teach basic bioenergy and bioproducts concepts to students and other teachers in their school using hands-on activities provided by the program. The program provides school year follow-up support to Master Teachers using the kits and activities at their school.

Tremendous Value!

Typical workshop agenda


NEWBio (consortium members below) is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2012-68005-19703 
from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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