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The PECO Energizing Education Program
What's the PECO Energizing Education Program?
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What is the School’s Commitment?
Select a science and/or technology teacher or coordinator(s) to implement the program. It is recommended that no fewer than two teachers participate – to provide support for each other and to reach the most students. Consider selecting a career and technology teacher and a science teacher, for example.
Selected teachers will participate in a mandatory two-day training session (November 14 & 15, 2014) at The Franklin Institute. This training session is designed and delivered by The NEED Project and The Franklin Institute. Act 48 credit is provided as are stipends and substitute reimbursement. Attendance and full participation is required for involvement in the program. Please remember to secure teacher attendance in advance.
Develop and submit a budget to show how you will use the PECO cash grant for this program and community outreach project. Sample budgets can be viewed below.
Work with students, faculty, parents and community members to plan and implement an energy and environment-focused community outreach project. This project is to be completed by May 4, 2015. Be sure to select a community partner to work with in the implementation of the project.
Incorporate PECO’s energy-focused curriculum and related activities into your 6th – 8th grade science and technology classrooms/programs during between November and late April.
Work with NEED to plan for the educational energy audit experience for a select team of students. NEED’s Certified Energy Manager, Todd Rogers, will work with a group of students to survey the school building and make recommendations for increasing energy conservation in the school. Students execute both school and home energy audits.
Organize a PECO sponsored field trip (optional).
Execute the community project and create a presentation, video, and/or student performance about the project and its results. Submit the project for review by May 4, 2015. Projects will be reviewed, and top projects will be selected to present at the PECO Energizing Education Celebration on June 9, 2015. Participation is mandatory.
Participate in mandatory mid-year check-in evaluations and calls to be certain the program is progressing as planned.
Complete teacher and student evaluations and submit to NEED no later than June 12, 2015.
The 2014-2015 PECO Energizing Education Program Teacher Guide
Presentations from Teacher Workshop
Energy Efficiency Presentation (ppt)
Oil and Natural Gas Presentation (ppt)
Science of Energy Presentation (ppt)
Sample Community Project Presentations from Past Participants
Ad Prima Charter School (video)
Congreso De latinos Unidos (video)
E.B. Barth Continuing (video)
Garnet Valley Middle School (video) (ppt)
Pottstown Middle School (video)
Salvation Army Afterschool Program (video)
St. Francis De Sales School (ppt)
Tacony Academy Charter (ppt)
Unami Middle School (video)
William Penn Middle School (video)
Wissahickon Middle School (video)
NEED curriculum guides
The Franklin Institute
About the Partners
PECO, NEED and The Franklin Institute are honored to bring this program to PECO schools. 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
Since 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.
The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project
The 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.