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ESP Illinois/Indiana

Applications due September 9, 2018!

What is the Energizing Student Potential Program?

The Exelon Foundation, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, and BP America, in partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, provide Energizing Student Potential, a STEM-focused energy program for grades 5 - 8 in their respective customer regions in Illinois and Indiana. This program brings together Illinois and Indiana standards-based curriculum for use in the classroom or in afterschool programs in public and private schools and the resources of the region’s largest energy companies. The program will help schools meet Next Generation Science Standards goals and more.

Energizing Student Potential is designed to help educators bring energy into the classroom and to provide all the tools and resources necessary for students and teachers to learn together, explore energy together, and teach their local communities about energy. The program begins with an energizing two-day workshop in the fall and culminates with a Celebration of Energy at which participating schools share the community education programs and the STEM projects they have completed throughout the year.

What Does The School Receive?

  • A grant to support your STEM Challenge project
  • $2,000 of hands-on kits and curriculum
  • An Energizing Student Potential Energy Fair Kit to host an Energy Fair and Carnival at your school
  • Access to Educational Energy Audits
  • Three-Day Professional Development for a team of at least 2 teachers per school
  • Celebration of Energy hosted as a culminating event at the end of the school year
  • Connections to STEM professionals to help students see all the possibilities of STEM and Energy Careers

What Do Returning Schools Receive?

  • A cash grant for STEM and energy programing
  • Replenishment for all kits and supplies
  • Access to Educational Energy Audits
  • Two days of Professional Development
  • Special opportunities for teachers and students in year 3 and 4


Want to participate in the Energizing Student Potential program in 2018-2019? Apply today! The application deadline for new or returning schools in September 9, 2018. 

To check for eligibility, view the eligible counties list here

2018- 2019 Program Resources

Teacher Program Guide for 2018-2019
2018 -2019 Program Timeline
Energizing Student Potential Field Trip Offerings​
Program Management Software Site Log In
Teacher Evaluation - 2018-2019 coming soon
Student Evaluation - When printing, please make sure to print on a full sheet of white paper, choose "actual size" in your print options. - 2018-2019 coming soon
Energy Fair in a Box Information
ESP Energy Fair Press Release
Press Release to Announce School Acceptance into ESP - 2018-2019 coming soon
Morton Arboretum Resources and Information
Project Submission (requires log in)
ESP Contact Information (requires log in)

Illinois Solar Schools
Morton Arboretum Teacher Resources
What is an Energy Audit? (PPT)
Energy Fair Planning Tips (PPT)
Electric Connections
Energy Expo
Interactive Energy Simulations
Excellent Energy Engineering
Energy Fair Poster Template
Energizing Student Potential Bingo​
Multimedia Release - 2018-2019 coming soon
Final Project Guidelines - 2018-2019 coming soon

2017-2018 Participating Schools

Algonquin Middle School
Amelia Earhart Option for Knowledge Elementary School
Aux Sable Middle School
Beasley Academic Center
Bednarcik Junior High School
Beecher Junior High
Belmont-Cragin Elementary
Benjamin Elementary
Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies
Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center
Bureau Valley School
Burr Ridge Middle School
Caroline Bentley School
Central Road Elementary School
CICS Irving Park
Colin Powell Middle School
Creekside Middle School
Dawes School
Edison Primary
Elwood School
Emmons Grade School
Fischer Middle School
Frank Hall Elementary School
Franklin Fine Arts Center
Galileo Scholastic Academy
Glenwood Academy
Goudy Technology Academy
Heather Hill School
Hefferan STEAM Elementary School
Heritage Middle School
Holy Ghost School
Holy Trinity
Illinois School
Immanuel Christian Academy
Independence Elementary School
Indian Trail Middle School
Indiana Elementary School
Infant Jesus of Prague School
Irene C. Hernandez Middle School
Jahn School
John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School
John F. Kennedy Middle School
John R. Tibbott Elementary School
John T. McCutcheon
Johnnie Colemon Academy
Jungman Elementary
Kenneth L. Hermansen Elementary School
King Middle Grade School
Krueger Middle School
Ladd Grade School
Lakeview Jr. High
LeRoy Junior High School
Liberty Intermediate School
MacArthur Middle School
Mahomet Seymour Junior High School
Marquette Academy
Mason Elementary
Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts
Mozart Elementary
Nathan Hale
Northlake Middle School
Northwood Middle School
O.W. Huth Middle School
Oakdale Elementary
Ogden Avenue School
Pecatonica Elementary School
Pecatonica Middle School
Pope John Paul II
Prairie Junior High School
Prairie Knolls Middle School
Putnam County Elementary School
Richard Ira Jones Middle School
River Bend Middle School
Robert Nathaniel Dett Elementary School
Rosa L Parks
Rowe Elementary School
Sacred Heart School-96th
Sacred Heart Schools
Saint Agnes Catholic School
Sandridge Elementary
Sauk Elementary School
Sherman School of Excellence
Shirland CC School District #134
Shoesmith Elementary
St. Ann School
St. Damian
St. Gerald
St. Isaac Jogues
St. John Berchmans
St. Mary's School - Metamora
St. Paul Lutheran School
St. Thomas More
Sunnydale Elementary School
Westmont Junior High
Winfield Central School
Winnebago High School
Winnebago Middle School
Wolcott School

Teachers and students engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities in the classroom 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.



Curriculum Resources

NEED Curriculum Guides - Science of Energy, Solar, Wind, Oil and Natural Gas, Nuclear, Energy Management AND MORE!
Illinois Electric Connections
Natural Gas Activities
Energy Information Administration, Illinois Data
Additional Resources and Links from Partners & Sponsors
Evaluation and Assessment
NGSS Correlation and Support
Science of Electricity

Digital Presentations for the Classroom

Science of Energy
Oil and Gas
Efficiency and Conservation


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