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“Another factor that keeps me coming to the EnergizeCT Center is the staff! They are welcoming and very knowledgeable. Their instruction is captivating. The students are always eager to ask questions, and the presenters are eager to answer. It is an amazing sight to watch the students involvement and the staff's responsiveness. The interaction is terrific!”
- Maria Santiago
Cesar Batalla Elementary School
The COMPASS: Helping Paraeducators Navigate the Profession
The Energize Connecticut Center is an interactive, professionally staffed facility that serves as a high-profile resource for promoting energy-efficient products, services and ideas to educate customers about energy efficiency. This educational facility features seminars, special events and student tours - all geared toward teaching residents how to use energy wisely while keeping an eye on the environment.
The Energize Connecticut Center provides guided tours for school children across the state of Connecticut. During a tour, students will learn about energy, electricity, electrical safety, electric generation and transmission, nonrenewable resources, renewable resources, conservation, energy efficiency and the connection between energy, electricity and the environment. Admission is free and tours are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
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 Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards for Math and English/Language Arts. Workshops and lessons, available free of charge to Connecticut K-12 formal and informal educators, are interactive and cross disciplinary, featuring 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 activity. 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.
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.
All eesmarts lessons are fully aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, and Common Core Standards for Math and English/Language Arts. eesmarts workshops are interactive and cross disciplinary, providing educators with hands-on activity-based learning opportunities.
eesmarts Summer Institute
Held annually in July and August, the eesmarts Summer Institute features intensive one-day or three-day workshops for educators on various energy, weather, and recycling topics.
Benefits of attending an eesmarts workshop include:
- Receive free curriculum and materials for your classroom. All eesmarts lessons fully align with NGSS, Common Core Standards for Math and English/Language Arts, and STEM
- Receive lesson implementation and differentiated teaching strategies.
- Conduct hands-on activities accompanying the curriculum.
- Gain knowledge, confidence, and skills for teaching your students about energy, energy conservation, renewable energy sources, and efficient technologies.
- Learn about EnergizeCT school tours, services & resources.
Professional development is provided by CREC.