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ESP Prince George's County Public Schools

Pepco and the Exelon Foundation, in partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project and Prince George’s County Public Schools, are launching Energizing Student Potential (ESP), a STEM-focused energy program for grades 3 - 8 in Prince George’s County Public Schools in February 2018.  This program brings together standards-based curriculum for use by classroom teachers, library media specialists, and afterschool program leaders in classroom or other school settings.   
Energizing Student Potential is a collaborative educational initiative designed to empower students to explore opportunities in STEM fields and help them discover their own path to innovation through a variety of classroom subjects.
ESP is designed to help educators bring energy into the school and to provide all the tools and resources necessary for students and educators to learn together, explore energy together, and teach their local communities about energy. The program begins with an energizing workshop in February and culminates with school hosted Energizing Student Potential Energy Fairs.  
This program will accept schools in this pilot program phase and will provide schools the following:

  • District standards aligned curriculum and hands-on kits

  • An Energizing Student Potential Energy Fair Kit to host an Energy Fair and Carnival at your school

  • A free half-day Educational Energy Audit for students to learn about their school building with energy professionals

  • Two Days of Professional Development for teachers and other members of the school team (February 24, 2018 and March/April TBD)

  • Connections to STEM professionals to help students see all the possibilities of STEM and Energy Careers 

Students and educators engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities in classroom, library and afterschool activities while learning fundamental principles of energy use and conservation. Students learn best when engaged in inquiry learning, and the activities and explorations included in the program allow them to think, explore, share, and develop a profound respect for energy and the world around them.
We know that teaching others helps us learn as well, and the Kids Teaching Kids philosophy woven throughout The NEED Project curriculum helps keep students of all learning styles engaged and excited to learn. The lessons and projects in this program are designed to allow students to teach their peers as well as their local community.
We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity.

Program Resources

PGCPS ESP Program Guide
Program Timeline
What is an Energy Audit? (PPT)
Energy Fair in a Box Information
Energy Fair Planning Tips (PPT)
Parents Letter
Final Project Guidelines
Student Evaluation - When printing, please make sure to print on a full sheet of white paper, choose "actual size" in your print options.
Teacher Evaluation
ESP Energy Fair Press Release
Energy Fair Poster Template
Multimedia Release

Curriculum Resources

NEED Curriculum Guides - Science of Energy, Solar, Wind, Oil and Natural Gas, Nuclear, Energy Management AND MORE!
Maryland Electric Connections
Energy Information Administration, Maryland Data
Evaluation and Assessment
NGSS Correlation and Support
Science of Electricity

Digital Presentations for the Classroom

Science of Energy
Oil and Gas
Efficiency and Conservation