Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Educational Outreach and The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) have partnered to sponsor screenings of the award winning energy documentary SWITCH. The film will be shown to 500 teachers from the Houston Independent School District (HISD) as part of the Center for Educational Outreach’s professional development program.

SWITCH, the first truly balanced energy film, has been embraced and supported by people across the energy spectrum. Dr. Scott Tinker, Texas’ state geologist, and Harry Lynch, an award winning documentary film producer, teamed up to produce this film that explores the world’s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, many highly restricted and never before seen on film. In addition to the film, the SWITCH Energy Project provides related educational resources at no cost through their website, www.switchenergyproject.com.

Baylor’s Center for Educational Outreach, led by Dr. Nancy Moreno and Dr. Bill Thomson, is recognized nationally for its contributions to community, informal and precollege science and health education, and also for its commitment to program evaluation and research on best practices for science and health education. The Center provides in-person and Web-based education and resources for teachers, students, and the general public, all designed to improve science teaching and learning, while promoting science and literacy and general understanding of clinical and basic biomedical research.

The HISD has 279 schools and more than 203,000 students, making it the largest district in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States. TAMEST is pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to this important effort to help educate Houston teachers about our energy future.