“These workshops helped me to increase my background knowledge in order to utilize this information across the curriculum and engage my students with high-interest topics that they can apply to real world conditions. I proposed this idea to my colleagues and they were enthusiastic to participate. We felt this was an excellent way to increase the students' awareness about energy efficiency in their everyday lives and determine how they can make a difference. The students seem to be eager to discover new vocabulary and explore energy usage.”
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About eesmarts: K-12 Energy Education
As part of the Energize Connecticut initiative, eesmarts™ is an energy efficiency and clean energy educational program designed to facilitate students' understanding of the science, math, and technology related to energy efficiency, clean energy sources, and electricity. All eesmarts workshops and lessons are fully aligned with the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT), Connecticut state science and mathematics frameworks, and Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. Workshops and lessons, available free of charge to Connecticut K-12 formal and informal educators, are interactive and cross disciplinary, featuring inquiry-based, hands-on activities.
Here are some of the ways you or your district can take advantage of eesmarts:
Professional Development - Teachers receive training, curriculum, and materials to implement energy lessons with their students. The eesmarts Summer Institute offers Connecticut educators intensive one, two or three-day workshops on various energy-related topics.
Classroom Lessons - Teachers can request specific lessons for their students. Working with your school's scheduling requirements, CREC presenters will execute an eesmarts lesson and provide materials needed to conduct the hands-on inquiry.
Program Outreach - CREC presenters will plan an activity to meet the needs of your audience and provide a fun, educational activity for your special event - a family science night, school environmental fair, or inter-district grant program.
Energy-Saving Challenge - Select schools can enroll their grades four and/or five in this pilot program and receive monthly lessons presented by CREC presenters. Teachers, students, and classrooms receive lessons and incentives for achieving energy savings targets.
Student Contest - K-12 students are invited to enhance their science, writing, and technology skills with the annual eesmarts student contest. Students respond to grade level-specific prompts - a poster, a poem, an essay, a speech, and a report - on how they can save energy. High school level contest winners may receive funding to implement their energy-savings ideas in their community.
Shining Solutions Fundraiser - As an alternative to traditional fundraisers, Shining Solutions teaches students and organizations about energy-efficient light bulbs. Schools receive 50 percent of sale proceeds from Compact Fluorescent Lamps and LED bulb bundles while students earn exciting incentives through a generous prize program.
Scholastic Bright Idea Grants - Districts can apply for up to $10,000 for energy-saving service learning projects for middle and high schools and up to $5,000 to fund energy educational programming in elementary school classrooms.
All eesmarts lessons are fully aligned with the CMT, the CT state math and science frameworks, Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core State Standards. eesmarts workshops are interactive and cross disciplinary, providing educators with a hands-on examination of the inquiry method using activity-based learning opportunities.
The eesmarts Summer Institute is held annually in July and it gives educators a chance to attend intensive one or three-day workshops on various energy-related topics. The eesmarts team is delighted to announce its partnership with Project Learning Tree (PLT) GreenSchools! Investigations. Several PLT workshops will be conducted in conjunction with our eesmarts Summer Institute.
Benefits of attending an eesmarts Summer Institute workshop include:
- Receive $100 stipend (per day).
- Receive free program lessons and materials for your classroom. All eesmarts and Project Learning Tree lessons are fully aligned with Connecticut science and mathematics framework standards, Common Core State Standards, and STEM.
- Gain knowledge, confidence, and skills for teaching your students about energy, energy conservation, renewable energy sources, and efficient technologies.
- Receive a free, year-long pass to one of Energize Connecticut's museum partners.