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The daVinci Project

During July, teachers from different states  spend an exciting week at the Storrs campus learning engineering fundamentals and developing practical curricula and exercises that will help them expose students to engineering. Participants help select their focused workshop from one of the six areas of engineering specialization. Participating teachers are very excited to go back to their classrooms and discuss how chemistry, physics, biology, and/or math knowledge and skills are integrated into solving challenging real-world problems… it’s called engineering!

Prof Valla has participated to this program for 3 years in a row. The last two years (2013 & 2014) her seminars are sponsored by her NSF award: Turning Waste into Energy. The response from the teachers is amazing!

  • Summer 2012: Fuel Cell
  • Summer 2013: Biomass conversion to Energy – Sponsored by NSF
  • Summer 2014: Biomass conversion to Energy -Sponsored by NSF

Click here to learn more about joining the daVinci Project

Joule Fellows Program


The Joule Fellows Program is a five week Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Program. Teachers partner with Engineers to study energy innovation. iKnowGreen hosted two teachers from eastern Connectcut, Joshua Jones and Branden Grant, during the summer of 2014.

Click  here to learn more about the Joule Fellows Program