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The PECO Energizing Education Program

2015-2016 PEEP Program is open! Apply today!

Application (doc) (pdf)


What's the PECO Energizing Education Program?

Click here to watch the 2011 PECO video on SmugMug.

PECO, the proud sponsor of the PECO Energizing Education Program (PEEP) is currently supporting a transition year program as they design the next generation PEEP offering, PEEP2.0.

The Franklin Institute and NEED will continue to work collaboratively with PECO throughout this next academic year to provide a robust PEEP experience. Due to your successful history of participating in all aspects of the program – including teacher training, successful community projects, and the year-end Showcase – your school has been selected to participate in this exciting suite of offerings.

In addition, during this development phase of PEEP2.0, because of your experience and success with the PEEP program, you will be part of an advisory board for a one-day retreat to assist PECO, TFI and NEED in reviewing: Best practices; various school needs; and an ideation phase for new innovative programmatic ideas.


Transition Year Plan:
This is a “special invitation” only to selected schools (with lead teacher engagement as a key component) from the PEEP continuing schools group. The transition year program curriculum will include the “Energy and STEM Challenge” for all participating schools.
Continuing schools will be provided:
• A $500 continuation grant to support your STEM Challenge
• Refurbishment of Previous Years Kits
• A One-Day Professional Development Workshop (substitute reimbursements)
• One day planning retreat session in 2016 (date TBD)
• Reimbursements/Stipends for substitute/participating teachers, respectively.

Participating Teachers MUST:
1. Attend the One-Day Workshop – January 8, 2016
2. Attend the one-day planning retreat session (date TBD in 2016)
3. Execute the STEM Challenge project and submit the project for review by April 1st.
4. For selected projects, be prepared to present at the Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival to be held on April 30th .

Please complete the attached application and submit to
Applications are due by December 4th

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.