Energy Systems Research & Education
Education:B.S. Elementary Education
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1982
Susan Schleith joined the Florida Solar Energy Center in 1990, assisting with the implementation of the Florida Energy Office's statewide energy project for middle grades. In 1992, she became Project Coordinator for the East Central Florida Environmental Education Service Project, providing resources, technical assistance and professional development opportunities to teachers in a ten county area in Florida.
Ms. Schleith has been developing FSEC's education program for K-16 students. She also coordinates professional development opportunities for teachers. Several supplemental curriculum units have been compiled through her efforts, which include the topics of solar, hydrogen, and alternative fuels. She coordinates the regional Middle School Science Bowl and Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) programs and assists with the High School Hydrogen Sprint. She is currently pursuing a project for high school students to organize a hydrogen summit.
Ms. Schleith also serves as chair of the Space Coast Science Education Alliance, a gathering of institutions dedicated to the enhancement of science literacy. As Co-Principal Investigator, she assisted with the origination of the Florida Space Coast Clean Cities Coalition, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative, to encourage the use of alternative fuel and alternative fuel vehicles. Completion of the program plan resulted in its designation as the 75th Clean Cities Coalition.
Ms. Schleith received a grant from the Technological Research and Development Authority to improve science and mathematics education through an environmental issues program targeting middle school science and social studies teachers. Ms. Schleith was Co-Principal Investigator on Photovoltaics for Schools Educational Enhancement Program and Project Sun. The later is a National Science Foundation funded project designed to enhance science and mathematics skills of elementary teachers through the study of renewable energy and to encourage college students to pursue teaching careers. The project was a partnership between Brevard Community College, the Florida Solar Energy Center and Brevard County public schools.