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ESP Montgomery County Public Schools


Pepco and the Exelon Foundation, in partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project and Montgomery County Public Schools, are launching Energizing Student Potential (ESP), a STEM-focused energy program for grades 5 - 8 in Montgomery County Public Schools in December 2017.  This program brings together standards-based curriculum for use by library media specialists and their partnering teachers in both the library and classroom setting.   
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 January 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 library media specialists and any partnering classroom teachers (January 23, 2018 and April 10, 2018)

  • 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 library and classroom 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.


Applications Now Closed!

Program Resources

MCPS 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

Montgomery Co. Department of Environmental Protection Links and Information

Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Larissa JohnsonResidential Energy Program Manager
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection

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