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Contact: Debbie Fitton
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NEED programs are strong in Massachusetts thanks to the support of the Cape Light Compact, NSTAR and Dominion.
The Compact loans NEED kits and curriculum to classrooms, provides teacher training, and hosts many community
education events throughout the year. The Solarize Our Schools program provided a school in each town with a solar
installation and the associated curriculum materials and data system to learn more about the electricity generated with
solar power. NSTAR provides teacher training and curriculum related to energy efficiency and renewable energy to
schools in the NSTAR service area. In 2011, the new NEED Science of Energy Efficiency module launched with NSTAR
teachers to assist students in understanding the science of insulation, building envelope, and smart design for
buildings. Also in 2011, Dominion’s support of energy education workshops nationwide brings additional teacher
training to communities near Dominion generating plants.
Teachers can access NEED curriculum online. As resources are available, teacher workshops
and hands-on kits are available. Individual state curriculum correlations are available here.
National Elementary Level Finalist
Eastham Elementary School
Project Title: Energy Rocks @ Eastham Elementary School
Project Advisor: Maggie Brown
This year we wanted to start off the year rolling, Rockin’ and Rollin’, so we each chose a song from the Energy Rock Performances and practiced and practiced. We sang to our whole school at our monthly morning meeting, at our energy fair, and at an energy fair we gave to a neighboring school. We even videotaped our performances for a video contest given by Cape Light Compact. We then took to learning about energy and electricity. We studied circuits, and then created displays that represented a holiday. From there we learned about renewable and nonrenewable resources and wrote essays about what we learned. We each picked a renewable resource, studied it, made posters and then put on an energy fair for our school community and parents. We did really well and were asked to go to a school outside of our district and put on an energy fair for their 3rd – 6th graders. It was a long day but well worth it. Then with some help we put together our scrapbook.
Bourne Middle School
Project Title: Energy and Education
Project Advisor: Cynthia McCann
The Bourne Middle School Energy Savers is an after-school program offered to students in grades 5 through 8. It originated 9 years ago by Peggy McEvoy and is currently overseen by Cindy McCann, a 6th grade teacher. The Energy Savers is supported by the school’s principal, Melissa Stafford.
The group’s focus has been, and continues to be, one of energy education. We are continually looking for ways to educate staff, students, and community members about the importance of conservation of energy and how to help protect our most important resource, the planet on which we live. We have been able to organize many events with the continuous support of the Cape Light Compact and its educational liaison, Debbie Fitton. We have highlighted some of our events in our scrapbook. They include performing a play for the 2nd grade students at the local elementary school. We used the information in the NEED Elementary Infobook on solar energy to write a short play. We then designed props and made solar bead bookmarks that were given to the students following the play. We added to our holiday decorations this year; not only did we decorate the courtyard with LED lights, we added “holiday” solar spikes to show another form of energy. Last year we built a “recycling” robot for plastic bottles in the cafeteria. This year we were really focused on recycling efforts and had recycle bins in each hallway too. We would collect weekly and report monthly on the amount of plastic bottles recycled at our school. We then started giving tickets to students who were “caught” recycling or using a reusable water bottle. We then had weekly drawings for reusable water bottles. Finally, we hosted an Energy Expo with the help of the Cape Light Compact and the students at our local regional high school. We had students in grades 4-7 participate in this great event. Thank you for taking the time to celebrate the Bourne Middle School Energy Savers. We look forward to expanding on our projects and successes next year.
Harwich Middle School
Project Title: Harwich Cares
Project Advisor: Jaclyn Bicknell
This year, Harwich Middle School has become energized by a group of students who decided we want to make a difference. After the Alliance for Climate Education came to our school, students united with a common goal of saving energy and protecting the environment. Approximately fifty of us meet twice a week to discuss plans and work on projects. We call ourselves Harwich Cares. We have taught our school and community about saving energy, and have established energy saving practices. Through recycling, we have greatly reduced the amount of waste materials sent to the landfill. We sold energy-saving light bulbs and reusable water bottles to raise awareness about energy consumption. We participated in the Cambridge Science Festival’s Science on the Street using what we learned from Talking Trash. We obtained materials needed for composting and to plant a garden at our school. We visited the Atmospheric Radiation Monitoring facility, administered a school-wide recycling survey, encouraged our classmates to accept the Kill-a-Watt Challenge, and students in our school have committed to Do One Thing to save energy! Harwich Cares continues to think of ways to reduce energy consumption, while striving to educate ourselves and others about energy-related concerns and eco-friendly practices.
The Forestdale School
Project Title: SPARKS and SPIT
Project Advisor: Laura Gregorio-Tanguilig
We love having solar panels on our school, so we named ourselves after them! We are sixth and eighth graders, Solar Power Awareness Kids of Sandwich (SPARKS), and the Solar Power Intelligence Team (SPIT), and we are energized!
In the fall, we showed 20 classrooms our favorite way to decrease our energy needs - switching to LED and CFL light bulbs, so we will all require less energy from the grid! In the winter, we hosted a day-long Energy Carnival for all students in grades 3 - 6. Over 350 students of all abilities played energy games and opened their eyes to the science and wonder of energy! In the spring, we read The Lorax to 5 younger classrooms to promote sustainability and healthy living. Each student received his/her own “last truffula seed” and signed a pledge to “speak for the Earth!”
We ordered a solar-powered flagpole light for our school and experimented with solar cars. We selected a new DAS for our PV array, and we are learning to direct the energy of motion from a bicycle pedal into electrical energy! All year long, we have spread the word about renewable energy, smart energy choices, and sustainability by creating six amazing bulletin board designs, right in our school’s front lobby to inspire all of our students and visitors! Our Selectman has invited us to speak at an upcoming Town Hall meeting about using passive and active solar features in the design and construction of our town’s new public safety building! We are real Student Energy Consultants! We see the light and we are changing the world!
National Senior Level Finalist
Boston Latin School
Project Title: New England Energy Ambassadors: Paying it Forward
Project Advisor: Cate Arnold
We've done a lot of focusing on energy at BLS this year. It was year two of paying our energy learning forward by training students from other schools in our Youth Energy Leaders Program (YELP). We organized and hosted a community energy open house at Boston Latin School where participants presented energy audit findings, and then offered teen auditors energy saving implementation funds thanks to a $ 25,000.00 E2 Energy to Educate grant from Constellation. We updated our energy action plan, having reduced energy by over 30%. We worked with BCLA New Mission to plan their energy open house and organized an Energy Fair at BLS. We began a rooftop wind study; hosted the President of Smart Power; and held a solar luncheon at BLS. We launched a carpooling initiative; got students to sign a petition about reducing carbon emissions; and did energy research for our Global Green School Makeover. We entered Boston’s energy fair with our biodiesel project; developed an online interactive product assessment tool called the Real Cost Kiosk; and partnered with students at the Boston Arts Academy to develop a proposal for a two-school composting pilot that will save energy and keep food waste from landfills.
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School
Project Title: CCT Green Bean Energy Experience
Project Advisor: Lynn Fleischer
Who are we? Aimee LaRoche a junior in the Cosmetology program and Jackie Murphy a junior in the Culinary Arts program, we are your student green bean representatives. We learn different units in 11th and 12th grade Environmental Science using the NEED workbook. In 11th grade we learn about electricity, global warming, and renewable energies. In 12th grade we learn about renewable energies and traditional fuels (coal, gas, and oil). We learn how to make videos according to what we study to spread and share our knowledge with fellow classmates. In combination there are about 140 students taking the Environmental Science course at Cape Cod Tech. We do a lot of community service, including the Harwich Middle School Energy Fair where students help and inform younger students on the benefits of Environmental Science. Special thanks to the Cape Light Compact who has helped our teacher, Ms. Fleischer, get NEED workbooks for our class.
In conclusion we hope you enjoy the wonderful things we do for our students and community throughout this portfolio from the great things we learn in our Environmental Science class.
Sandwich High School
East Sandwich, MA
Project Title: Educating with Energy
Project Advisor: Debbie Fitton, Gilbert Newton
We started out this year working on an independent study for our Environmental Technology class with our advisor, Mr. Gil Newton, who got us in touch with Mrs. Fitton from the Cape Light Compact. Mrs. Fitton had us do some research and trained us to conduct energy experiments with kids in our school system. We contacted the three elementary schools in our town and asked them if they would be interested in having our team conduct an energy carnival at their schools and all three said yes. To date, we have conducted two energy carnivals with the help of our friends from our Environmental Technology class who we recruited and trained, and with the SPIT and SPARKS energy clubs from the Forestdale School.
Through the fall, we worked with Green Brier Nature Center to look into the role of Green Crabs in the flow of energy in our local saltmarsh and educate elementary school kids as to the importance of the energy flows through the three ecosystems that surround our home here on Cape Cod – the pond, forest and salt marsh. In a program called “Project Life”, we lead walks and talks for these elementary school students and had a blast doing it! It was nice to have it all tie together as we ended the school year with the concepts of physical energy with our energy carnivals.
As seniors, we want to thank Mr. Newton for all the opportunities and challenges he has given us this year. This project was really memorable!