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What Is Energizing Student Potential Program?

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. Exelon Foundation and Delmarva Power, in partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project offer this STEM-focused energy program for grades 3 – 8 in their respective communities. Already in place in Exelon communities in Illinois (ComEd), Philadelphia (PECO), and Washington, D.C. (Pepco), the program has reached hundreds of thousands of students and hundreds of schools and teachers. We are pleased to bring this program to our Delmarva Power communities as well.

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 while learning about energy careers as well. Teacher Training Workshops on a variety of energy topics – including the Science of Energy, Forms and Transformations, Energy Sources, Electricity, Transportation, Climate Science, Energy Efficiency and Energy Careers.

Program Offerings

  • Teacher selected kits and classroom curriculum valued at $1,000.
  • Mini-grants of up to $400 available via application to support additional ESP supplies or resources for the classroom.
  • An ESP Energy Fair kit for students to create an Energy Fair to share their knowledge with each other and the local community.
  • Resources for direct to student content – YouTube and Instagram Live sessions that connect to an ESP content area – electricity, solar, wind, efficiency, nuclear, as well as links to energy videos, virtual tours and more.
  • Student Energy Team Trainings for small group of students (clubs) with NEED’s Certified Energy Manager and other staff on managing energy use in the school (and in the home) Topics can include general energy, energy efficiency, engineering, and more.
  • Opportunities to request Exelon volunteers to chat with students to learn more about energy careers.
  • Exelon-wide Energy Innovation Challenge for students to “opt in” for participation within a class or individually.

Program Resources:

  • ESP Login Site
  • ESP Program Welcome & Details (PDF)
  • Teacher Evaluation – Short SurveyMonkey form for each ESP Teacher to complete
  • Student Evaluation – Google form for each participating ESP Program student to complete
  • Final Project Guidelines – Create a few slides, short video with a link, or PDF of your students engaged in the ESP Program and email to info@need.org
  • NEED Curriculum Guides – Science of Energy, Solar, Wind, Oil and Natural Gas, Nuclear, Energy Management, and MORE!

Optional Program Opportunities:

  • Exelon Innovation Challenge Sign Up (Deadline 4/5/24 to sign up)
  • Apply for up to $400 ESP Mini-Grant  (Accepted on rolling basis through May 2024)
  • Apply for an Energy Fair Box to help host a school/community Energy/STEM Fair (Deadline to sign up to receive a box 4/1/24)
  • Educational Energy Audit Sign Up (Optional – deadline 3/1/24 to sign up)