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The PECO Energizing Education Program

Applications for the 2014-2015 program year are now closed. Check back in August 2015 for new program year information.


What's the PECO Energizing Education Program?

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The PECO program is a project-based unit.  This unit is designed to fit within a pre-existing energy unit or inform the creation of a new unit.  The Program combines a five-week classroom module with hands-on kits and curriculum, a school student energy audit, a PECO sponsored field trip (optional), and a cash grant to support the school’s implementation of an energy and environment-focused community project.  The program is designed to be implemented in grades 6-8*.  The program materials are sponsored for up to 90* students to participate at each school.  
* PECO will review applications that include grades other than 6-8 and more than 80 students on a case by case basis.


What Resources Does the School Receive? 

 The PECO Energizing Education Program includes:
1. Two- Day Teacher Training November 14-15, 2014 -  at The Franklin Institute (substitutes and stipends paid)
2. Curriculum and hands-on kits to teach about:
energy transformations
solar energy
wind energy
natural gas
energy efficiency
3. A Educational Energy Audit that engages students in the audit of the school building
4. A cash grant of up to $1,000 to support the school’s selection of and implementation of an energy-focused community outreach project.

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.

2014-2015 Program Resources
NEED Pennsylvania Standards Alignment (xls) -Warning: Big File - Don't try and print! 

Presentations from Teacher Workshop
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 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

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.


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.