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Pepco and the Exelon Foundation, in partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, Montgomery County Public Schools, Prince George’s County Public Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools and the Office of the State Superintendent offer Energizing Student Potential (ESP), a STEM-focused energy program for grades 4 – 8. This program brings together standards-based curriculum for use by educators and media specialists in the library, classroom, and afterschool setting.

Energizing Student Potential is a collaborative educational initiative designed to empower students to explore opportunities in STEM fields and help them discover their own path to innovation through a variety of classroom subjects. ESP is designed to help educators bring energy into the school and to provide all the tools and resources necessary for students and educators to learn together, explore energy together, and teach their local communities about energy.

What Is The Energizing Student Potential Program?

The Energizing Student Potential Program is “STEM project-based,” combining classroom activities with a school energy audit by students, a student-run energy fair and an energy-focused STEM challenge.

  1. The library media specialist and classroom teachers participate in three workshops hosted throughout the year. A team from the school can participate. This workshop is designed and delivered by The NEED Project and breakfast, lunch, parking, and substitute reimbursement or stipend are provided. Attendance and full participation is expected. Please remember to secure release time when submitting your application. The three training days will be selected based on school calendars to maximize participation.
  2. Work with students, faculty, parents and community members to plan and implement an energy focused STEM project in your community.
  3. Incorporate the program’s energy-focused curriculum and related activities into your 4th-8th grade science and technology programs between September and June.
  4. Host an Energy Fair at your school for the local community.  This Energy Fair will include an Energy Carnival and hands-on energy lessons for your school community. Schools will be provided an Energy Fair Kit that will include all needed resources for the Energy Fair and a $150 mini-grant for supplies.
  5. Work with NEED to plan for the educational energy audit experience for a select team of students. NEED’s Certified Energy Manager will work with a group of students to survey the school building and make recommendations for increasing energy conservation in the school.
  6. Communicate with the ESP team about how things are going in your program. Respond to emails, take quick surveys about progress, and share your successes.
  7. Share about your program via your school and community communication networks and social media. For example, PTA newsletter, community newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
  8. Pull photos, student work and other exciting elements together in a presentation and/or video about your programs and its results. Submit the presentation or video for review by June 1, 2020.
  9. Complete educator evaluations and submit to NEED no later than June 1, 2020.

 

What Resources Does The School Receive?

The ESP Program includes:  

  • Three days of Professional Development for library media specialists and classroom teachers (substitute reimbursement provided)
  • The opportunity to apply for up to $400 to supplement your ESP program with field trips, supplies, anything needed
  • District standards aligned curriculum and up to $1500 of hands-on kits
  • An Energizing Student Potential Energy Fair Kit to host an Energy Fair and Carnival at your school and a $150 cash grant for supplies
  • A free half-day Educational Energy Audit for students to learn about their school building with energy professionals
  • Returning schools receive replenishment materials for their kits and the opportunity to apply for grants and receive educational energy audits and more
  • Connections to STEM professionals to help students see all the possibilities of STEM and Energy Careers

ESP District of Columbia Public Schools

PDF applications for NEW and RETURNING schools in DC.

Program Resources:
2019-2020 D.C. Teacher Program Guide
2019-2020 Program Timeline
Energy Fair In A Box Information
What is an Energy Audit? (PPT)
Energy Fair Planning Tips (PPT)
Parents Letter
Final Project Guidelines
ESP Energy Fair Press Release
Energy Fair Poster Template
Multimedia Release
Workshop Parking Reimbursement Form
ESP DC SmugMug Photo Gallery

Curriculum Resources:

Energizing Student Potential Bingo
DC Electric Connections

Digital Presentations for the Classroom:
Science of Energy
Solar
Wind
Nuclear
Oil & Gas
Efficiency & Conservation

 

ESP Montgomery County Public Schools

      

PDF applications for NEW and RETURNING schools in MCPS.

Program Resources:
2019-2020 MCPS ESP Program Guide
2019-2020 Program Timeline
What is an Energy Audit? (PPT)
Energy Fair in a Box Information
Energy Fair Planning Tips (PPT)
Parents Letter 
Final Project Guidelines
ESP Energy Fair Press Release
Energy Fair Poster Template
Multimedia Release
Workshop Parking Reimbursement Form
ESP MCPS SmugMug Photo Gallery

Montgomery Co. Department of Environmental Protection Links and Information
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
https://mygreenmontgomery.org/
https://madeclear.org/site/assets/Files/2924/empowers_kit2.pdf
Larissa JohnsonResidential Energy Program Manager
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Larissa.Johnson@montgomerycountymd.gov

Curriculum Resources:
NEED Curriculum Guides – Science of Energy, Solar, Wind, Oil and Natural Gas, Nuclear, Energy Management AND MORE!
Maryland Electric Connections
Energy Information Administration, Maryland Data
Evaluation and Assessment
NGSS Correlation and Support
Science of Electricity
Elementary Hydropower Teacher Guide
Intermediate Hydropower Teacher Guide
Energy Games and Icebreakers
Energizing Student Potential Bingo

Digital Presentations for the Classroom:
Science of Energy
Solar
Wind
Nuclear
Oil & Gas
Efficiency & Conservation

ESP Prince George’s County Public Schools

PDF applications for NEW and RETURNING schools in PGCPS.

Program Resources:
2019-2020 PGCPS ESP Program Guide
2019-2020 Program Timeline
What is an Energy Audit? (PPT)
Energy Fair in a Box Information
Energy Fair Planning Tips (PPT)
Parents Letter
Final Project Guidelines
ESP Energy Fair Press Release
Energy Fair Poster Template
Multimedia Release
ESP PGCPS SmugMug Photo Gallery

Curriculum Resources:
NEED Curriculum Guides – Science of Energy, Solar, Wind, Oil and Natural Gas, Nuclear, Energy Management AND MORE!
Maryland Electric Connections
Energy Information Administration, Maryland Data
Evaluation and Assessment
NGSS Correlation and Support
Science of Electricity
Elementary Hydropower Teacher Guide
Intermediate Hydropower Teacher Guide
Energy Games and Icebreakers
Energizing Student Potential Bingo

Digital Presentations for the Classroom:
Science of Energy
Solar
Wind
Nuclear
Oil & Gas
Efficiency & Conservation