Project Description

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What Is The Energizing Student Potential Program?

The Exelon Foundation, and Exelon Generation, in partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, in 2018 launched Energizing Student Potential, a STEM-focused energy program for grades 4 – 8 in their respective communities. This program brings together standards-based curriculum for use in the classroom or in afterschool programs in public and private schools. The program will help schools meet state standards for STEM, engage students in learning about energy within STEM, and help energize the energy workforce of tomorrow. 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 Exelon Generation communities as well.

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.

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What Does The School Receive?

  • Two days of teacher training workshops for local educators (substitute reimbursement provided)
  • Energy and STEM curriculum provided along with hands-on classroom kits selected by grade level and content focus
    • Science of Energy Kit
    • Nuclear Energy Kit
    • Solar, Wind, or Hyrdropower Kit
    • Science of Electricity
  • Energy Fair in a Box for a Community Project with an Amazon gift card ($200) to help purchase supplies
  • An opportunity to request an Educational School Energy Audit and receive a School Energy Experts kit
  • A cash grant to support your ESP programming
  • Field trip to local Exelon facility or local science center (optional)
  • Employee classroom visits


What is Expected of Schools Participating in ESP?

  • The school selects a team of educators – classroom teachers, club advisors, media specialists/librarians and participates in a two-day series of trainings in 2019-2020. These workshops are designed and delivered by The NEED Project and breakfast, lunch, parking, and substitute reimbursement are provided. Attendance and full participation is expected. Please remember to secure release time for these workshops.
  • Work with students, faculty, parents and community members to plan and implement an energy focused STEM project in your community.
  • Incorporate the program’s energy-focused curriculum and related activities into your 4th-8th grade science and technology programs between September and June.
  • Host an Energy Fair at your school for the local community. This Energy Fair will include and 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. A cash grant of $200 will be provided for supplies.
  • 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. Schools receive a School Energy Experts kit to use as part of the audit and for classroom exploration after.
  • Apply for a grant to supplement your ESP program.
  • 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.
  • Share about your program via your school and community communication networks and social media. For example, PTA newsletter, community newsletter, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
  • 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.
  • Complete educator evaluations and submit to NEED no later than June 1, 2020.

2019-2020 Program Resources

2019-2020 Teacher Program Guide (Coming soon)
2019-2020 Program Timeline (Coming soon)
Program Management Software Site Log In
Energy Fair in a Box Information
ESP Energy Fair Press Release
Press Release to Announce School Acceptance into ESP – 2019-2020 coming soon
Project Submission (requires log in)
What is an Energy Audit? (PPT)
Energy Fair Planning Tips (PPT)
PA Electric Connections 
MD Electric Connections 
NY Electric Connections  
IL Electric Connections 
Energy Expo
Interactive Energy Simulations
Excellent Energy Engineering
Energy Fair Poster Template
Energizing Student Potential Bingo
Multimedia Release
ESP Kahoot! Interactive Quiz – Test student energy knowledge with this interactive quiz. Answer questions quicker for more points, and see how they do against other challengers. Great for remote learning and refreshing energy information.

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.



Curriculum Resources

NEED Curriculum Guides – Science of Energy, Solar, Wind, Hydropower, Oil and Natural Gas, Nuclear, Energy Management AND MORE!
Energy Information Administration, State Data
Evaluation and Assessment
NGSS Correlation and Support
Science of Electricity

Digital Presentations For The Classroom

Science of Energy
Oil and Gas
Efficiency and Conservation

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