Calling all Educators for Energizing Student Potential’s 3rd Year

October 22, 2019
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What is ESP?

Pepco and the Exelon Foundation, in partnership with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project and Montgomery County Public Schools, launched Energizing Student Potential (ESP), a STEM-focused energy program for grades 4 – 8 in Montgomery County Public Schools in December 2017.  Now in its third year, this program brings together standards-based curriculum for use by library media specialists and teachers in both the library and classroom 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. The program begins with an energizing workshop in January and culminates with the school submitting a video or presentation that highlights student energy activities throughout the year.   Projects are reviewed for awards.

What does participation in ESP include? 

Participation in ESP provides schools the following opportunities:

  • Three days of Professional Development for library media specialists and classroom teachers (stipends provided) –
    • At Smith Environmental Education Center on November 9, February 1 and April 18.
    • Stipends will be paid. 
  • 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

Students and educators engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities in library and classroom activities 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.

How to apply 

Deadline is open until November 1, 2019, Apply Today

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