Fifth- and sixth-graders to host Alternative Energy Coffee Shop

BRISTOL  — For those interested in alternative energy based solutions to climate change, empowering the youth of our community, and taking an active role in our local education system, Bristol Elementary School will host an Alternative Energy Coffee Shop later this month.
Fifth- and sixth-graders in Dane VanNosdeln’s class at Bristol Elementary have been studying energy in a broad sense and energy alternatives to fossil fuels as part of a deep diving, individual project. They have created alternative energy guides to inform and raise awareness around alternative sources that include hydropower, biomass, solar, and more.
“These guides have been built into media-rich electronic documents that we want to make available to the public,” VanNosdeln said in an online post. “What’s more, these kids want to engage with you about the possibility of putting these alternatives to work to mitigate climate change.”
On Friday, March 22, from 1:40-2:40 p.m., students will host a coffee shop event the BES library. Attending community members will be offered coffee or tea as well as tasty baked goods to enjoy while they view the students’ work. In return, students humbly ask that community members share their excitement and ideas about the many ways we can manage the effects of climate change on our environment.
What are some questions that you might ask of our young learners?
Why did you choose to study this topic?
How has your thinking about energy or alternative energy changed during this project?
How have you grown during this study?
Do you think that putting your alternative energy into action is realistic for Vermonters in your community?
How big of a problem do you think climate change is?
Those who are able and interested on participating are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected].

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