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The Exelon Foundation, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, and BP America, in partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, provide Energizing Student Potential, a STEM-focused energy program for grades 5 - 8 in their respective customer regions in Illinois and Indiana. This program brings together Illinois and Indiana standards-based curriculum for use in the classroom or in afterschool programs in public and private schools and the resources of the region’s largest energy companies. The program will help schools meet Next Generation Science Standards goals and more.
Energizing Student Potential is designed to help educators bring energy into the classroom and to provide all the tools and resources necessary for students and teachers to learn together, explore energy together, and teach their local communities about energy. The program begins with an energizing two-day workshop in the fall and culminates with a Celebration of Energy at which participating schools share the community education programs and the STEM projects they have completed throughout the year.
What Does The School Receive?
What Do Returning Schools Receive?
Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are now closed. Considering applying in 2019!
See if your school is eligible below.
To check for eligibility, view the eligible counties list here
2018- 2019 Program Resources
Teacher Program Guide for 2018-2019
2018 -2019 Program Timeline
Energizing Student Potential Field Trip Offerings?
Program Management Software Site Log In
Teacher Evaluation - 2018-2019 coming soon
Student Evaluation - When printing, please make sure to print on a full sheet of white paper, choose "actual size" in your print options. - 2018-2019 coming soon
Energy Fair in a Box Information
ESP Energy Fair Press Release
Press Release to Announce School Acceptance into ESP - 2018-2019 coming soon
Morton Arboretum Resources and Information
Project Submission (requires log in)
ESP Contact Information (requires log in)
Illinois Solar Schools
Morton Arboretum Teacher Resources
What is an Energy Audit? (PPT)
Energy Fair Planning Tips (PPT)
NGSS and NEED
Interactive Energy Simulations
Excellent Energy Engineering
Energy Fair Poster Template
Energizing Student Potential Bingo?
Multimedia Release - 2018-2019 coming soon
Final Project Guidelines - 2018-2019 coming soon
2018-2019 Participating Schools
Teachers and students engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities in the classroom while learning fundamental principles of energy use and conservation. Students learn best when engaged in inquiry learning — and the activities and explorations included in the program allow them to think, explore, share, and develop a profound respect for energy and the world around them.
We know that teaching others helps us learn as well and the Kids Teaching Kids philosophy woven throughout The NEED Project curriculum helps keep students of all learning styles engaged and excited to learn. The lessons and projects in this program are designed to allow students to teach their peers as well as their local community.
We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity.
NEED Curriculum Guides - Science of Energy, Solar, Wind, Oil and Natural Gas, Nuclear, Energy Management AND MORE!
Illinois Electric Connections
Natural Gas Activities
Energy Information Administration, Illinois Data
Additional Resources and Links from Partners & Sponsors
Evaluation and Assessment
NGSS Correlation and Support
Science of Electricity
Digital Presentations for the Classroom
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