Project Description

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What Is The PECO Energizing Education Program?

For over ten years, PECO, The NEED Project and The Franklin Institute have partnered together to provide local schools with the PECO Energizing Education Program (PEEP). The PEEP program included workshops, curriculum and kits, and several other activities for schools to participate in throughout the year. PEEP 2.0 Programming invites educators from across the Philadelphia region to participate in energy education workshops and receive hands-on kits for their classrooms. PEEP 2.0 also encourages attendees to sign up for Energy Fairs and Educational Energy Audits for their schools. In addition, schools are invited to participate in the PECO Innovation Challenge – which will engage students in exploring energy and seeking solutions to energy challenges of today and tomorrow. The PECO Innovation Challenge participants will come together in May to showcase their solutions at the PECO Innovation Challenge Showcase and STEM Career Symposium.

Participating schools receive (at no cost):

  • ​One-day training on energy and relevant curriculum
    (Substitute reimbursement, parking, breakfast and lunch are included)
  • Hands-on energy curriculum for the classroom
  • An opportunity to apply for an Educational Energy Audit with additional classroom materials
  • An opportunity to apply for an Educational Energy Fair with additional classroom materials
  • The option to participate in the PECO Innovation Challenge and STEM Career Symposium for students
Who can participate?
  • Greater Philadelphia Area teachers in the PECO service area
  • Teachers of grades 3-12 in the following content areas:
    • Science, math, technology, gifted & talented, special education
How do we join the fun?
  • Join us for a workshop at the Franklin Institute. At this training you will select the classroom kit and materials you would like to use.
  • Apply today to join the PECO Innovation Challenge.
    • Innovation Challenge Application
    • Download a PDF hardcopy of the application for your records
  • Opt to participate in a free PEEP 2.0 Educational Energy Audit. Schools selected for an audit will also receive a NEED Energy Efficiency and Conservation Kit.
  • Opt to host a PEEP 2.0 Energy Fair at your school!
    • Each school will receive an Energy Fair in a Box Kit and a small cash grant to support their event. Applicants are invited to apply on a rolling basis. The PEEP team expects to notify applicants within two weeks of applying, and will ship fair materials upon establishing communication with applicant. Applicants can begin fair planning and execution as soon as they are accepted.

Curriculum Resources

For more information, email or call 1-800-875-5029

PECO Energizing Education Program For United Way OST Programs

2019-2020 Program Information

Program Overview:

This program will include hands-on energy explorations coupled with a student-led community project to teach the local community about energy and energy efficiency and conservation.

Each agency will receive:
• A cash grant to support the selection and implementation of an energy-focused community outreach project
• Hands-on curriculum and kits to teach about the science of energy, energy sources, and energy efficiency and conservation
• Two days of leader training
• A year-end showcase to celebrate student projects and outreach efforts

Download the Program Proposal and Description (PDF)

United Way Program Materials

2019-2020 Timeline
2019-2020 Program Guide

Sample Community Project Presentations from Past Participants
Girls Inc. (ppt)
Overbrook (mp4)
Boys and Girls Club (mp4)
Salvation Army (mp4)

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
The History of Science and Technology
Exhibit Resources

Click here to watch and learn more about the PECO Energizing Education Program.

About The Partners

PECO, NEED, The Franklin Institute and United Way are honored to bring this program to PECO schools and afterschool programs. 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

Since 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.

United Way

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey has, for nearly a century, responded to the needs of our local community while simultaneously addressing the root causes of key issues. We do this by inspiring and uniting the power of individuals, the business community, and the public and nonprofit sectors around common goals. Together, we’re able to drive real community impact in our neighborhoods, our communities, and our region. Together, we’re working to ensure that every individual and family is able to achieve educational success, financial stability and good health.

The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project

The 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.