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The PECO Energizing Education Program



What's the PECO Energizing Education Program?

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The PECO Energizing Education Program, or PEEP, is an energy-focused, project-based program for school communities in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Participating schools and afterschool programs implement hands-on energy curriculum to explore the science of energy, renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy, electricity generation, and efficiency and conservation. Throughout the course of the program students create projects and document their learning as they plan events and/or outreach in which they share what they have learned about energy and energy savings. Students then create a digital project showcasing their efforts and present their results at a year-end celebration. 

PEEP Programming for the 2015-2016 school year has two groups in-school, and afterschool.  

For more information about the in-school program, PEEP 2.0, click here.

For more information about the PEEP United Way Afterschool Program, click here.


Program Overview:

This year's program involves selected continuing schools from the PEEP Program. Curriculum will include an “Energy and STEM Challenge” for all participating schools.
Continuing schools will receive:
• A $500 continuation grant to support your STEM Challenge
• Refurbishment of Existing Kits
• A One-Day Professional Development Workshop
• One day planning retreat session in 2016
• An opportunity for students to present program results at the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival.

Participating Schools Will:
1. Participate in energy curriculum activities between January and April.
2. Execute the STEM Challenge project and submit the project for review by April 1st.
3. For selected projects, be prepared to present at the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival held on April 30th.

Teacher Resources
NEED Pennsylvania Standards Alignment (xls) -Warning: Big File - Don't try and print! 



Program Overview:

This year’s program will include hands-on energy explorations coupled with a student-led community project to teach the local community about energy and energy efficiency and conservation.

Each agency will receive:
• A cash grant to support the selection and implementation of an energy-focused community outreach project
• Hands-on curriculum and kits to teach about the science of energy, energy sources, and energy efficiency and conservation
• Two-day leader training
• A year-end showcase to celebrate student projects and outreach efforts

Participating Agencies Will:

1. Attend the leader training in January
2. Participate in check-in calls and evaluations
3. Work with students, staff, parents, and community members to implement curriculum activities and plan a community outreach project, to be completed by May 6, 2016.
4. Execute the community project and create a digital submission about the project and its results. Projects must be submitted for review.
5. Prepare a student performance about the project to be shared at the PEEP Showcase in early June, 2016. All programs will present their projects.

Leader Resources
NEED Pennsylvania Standards Alignment (xls) -Warning: Big File - Don't try and print! 

Energy Efficiency Presentation (ppt)


The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute has vast resources for teaching about energy and electricity. Check out their website to find The Franklin's best activities for use in the classroom. Some of our favorites are listed below: 
Ben Franklin’s Lightning Rod
Edison’s Light Bulb
Weather Instruments
Case Files: Energy (Click the link to Energy on the left side navigation area.) Features the stories of pioneering scientists and technologists.
The Lightning Rod
Community Science Action Guides
Curricular Companion


About the Partners

PECO, NEED and The Franklin Institute and the United Way are honored to bring this program to PECO schools and afterschool programs. NEED and The Franklin Institute have a variety of resources for use in the K-12 Classroom.

The Franklin Institute and The Center for Innovation in Science Learning

ImageSince 1824, The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA has become a stalwart in the informal science industry, as well as, a premier cultural institution for the nation.  With its explicit mission “to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology” The Franklin Institute has successfully married science education for all with a keen appreciation for community engagement and civic responsibility.  In its entirety, The Franklin Institute comprises: The Science Center – which includes the science museum, exhibits and programs; The Franklin Center – responsible for the lauded Awards program, The Journal of The Franklin Institute, the library, and the curatorial and collections department; and The Center for Innovation in Science Learning – which houses much of the educational and grant based programs.   In 2008, in recognition for almost two centuries of excellence, distinguished service and community commitment, The Franklin Institute was awarded the prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Medal for 2008.

The Center for Innovation in Science Learning has exemplified the benefits of collaborative partnerships between Science Centers, corporations and public education systems, and is proud of its association with this PECO initiative.  Through its dynamic programs and areas of practice, the Center for Innovation has left its footprint both regionally and nationally on K-12 science education, and has also significantly impacted family and community science awareness.  These programs include: Gender and Families in Science; Professional Development; Educational Technologies; Youth Programs; and the magnet public high school – Science Leadership Academy.  As the Center for Innovation continues to develop its signature programs, its newfound collaborations with public school districts, as well as private corporations such as PECO, redefine the boundaries and scope of impact for informal science learning environments.

United Way

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey has, for nearly a century, responded to the needs of our local community while simultaneously addressing the root causes of key issues. We do this by inspiring and uniting the power of individuals, the business community, and the public and nonprofit sectors around common goals. Together, we’re able to drive real community impact in our neighborhoods, our communities, and our region. Together, we’re working to ensure that every individual and family is able to achieve educational success, financial stability and good health.

The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project

ImageThe mission of The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. The NEED Project is dedicated to developing innovative energy education materials and training programs for teachers and students. Launched by Congressional Resolution in 1980, the NEED Program is now a dynamic force in more than 65,000 classrooms nationwide. 

The NEED Project's multi-sided training and instructional programs on all aspects of energy, including production, consumption, and economic and environmental issues, give students an understanding of the interrelationship between energy and the environment. More important, NEED's student-directed activities empower students to take active roles in educating their peers, families, and communities about energy issues. NEED programs focus on developing a clear understanding of the science of energy, and then building knowledge of the sources of energy, uses of energy, and the conservation and efficiency of energy.