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What is the Energizing Student Potential Program?

The Energizing Student Potential Program is “STEM project-based,” combining classroom
activities with a school energy audit by students, a student-run energy fair and an energy-focused STEM challenge.

  1. The school Librarian and/or Classroom Teacher or Librarian/Teacher team participates in a three-day series of trainings with one day in October, one in December and one in February.  These workshops are designed and delivered by The NEED Project and breakfast, lunch, parking, and substitute reimbursement are provided.  Attendance and full participation is required for acceptance to the program. Please remember to secure release time when submitting your application. 

  2. Work with students, faculty, parents and community members to plan and implement an energy focused STEM project in your community.

  3. Incorporate the program’s energy-focused curriculum and related activities into your 5th-8th grade science and technology programs between October and May.

  4. Host an Energy Fair at your school for the local community.  This Energy Fair will include an Energy Carnival and hands-on energy lessons for your school community. Schools will be provided an Energy Fair Kit that will include all needed resources for the Energy Fair.  A cash grant will be provided for supplies.

  5. Work with NEED to plan for the educational energy audit experience for a select team of students. NEED’s Certified Energy Manager will work with a group of students to survey the school building and make recommendations for increasing energy conservation in the school. 

  6. Communicate with the ESP team about how things are going in your program. Respond to emails, take quick surveys about progress, and share your successes. 

  7. Share about your program via your school and community communication networks and social media. For example, PTA newsletter, community newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

  8. Pull photos, student work and other exciting elements together in a presentation and/or video about your programs and its results. Submit the presentation or video for review by May 18, 2018.

  9. Complete educator evaluations and submit to NEED no later than May 18, 2018.

What Resources Does the School Receive?

The ESP Program includes:  

  • 3 days of training (Friday, October 27, 2017; Wednesday, December 13, 2017; Tuesday, February 13, 2018)

  • Curriculum and hands-on kit(s) to teach about:

    • the science of energy and energy transformations

    • electricity generation

    • renewable energy

    • energy efficiency and conservation

  • An Energizing Student Potential Energy Fair Kit to host an Energy Fair and/or Carnival at your school and a cash grant for supplies

  • A free 1/2 day educational energy audit.

Program Resources

2017-2018 Teacher Program Guide

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

Participating Schools

Anne Beers Elementary Johnson Middle School Sousa Middle School
Brightwood Education Campus Langdon Elementary School W.B. Patterson Elementary School
C.W. Harris Elementary School Martin Luther King Elementary School West Education Campus
Charles Hart Middle School McKinley Middle School  
D.C. Scholars Stanton Elementary Orr Elementary School  
Drew Elementary School Savoy Elementary School  
Garfield Elementary Seaton Elementary School  
J.C. Nalle Elementary School Simon Elementary Shcool  

Curriculum Resources

Energy Games and Icebreakers
Elementary SOE
Intermediate SOE
Elementary Wind Teacher Guide
Intermediate Wind Teacher Guide
Elementary Hydropower Teacher Guide
Intermediate Hydropower Teacher Guide
Monitoring and Mentoring Teacher Guide
Saving Energy at Home and School Teacher Guide