SALT LAKE CITY- Energy is crucial to everything we do and experience. Understanding energy can help us make better informed decisions about our homes, communities, and our nation. National Energy Foundation (NEF) is about to launch another season of energy educational programs in schools in 34 states across the country to help address this growing concern. Teams of energy educators from NEF introduce concepts of energy literacy, efficiency and energy safety to students of all ages.
Education about energy in classrooms acts as a catalyst for action and positive energy saving results. In the 2014-15 school year alone, over 230,000 students and their families have been directly impacted by NEF’s in-class presentations. An additional 327,100 students were estimated to have been indirectly impacted by NEF’s instructional materials and teacher trainings. Inspired to take action about energy use in their homes, students and their families have saved an estimated 24,573,979 kilowatt-hours (kWh), a 10,282,628 kWh increase in savings from the previous year (14,291,352 kWh).
Providing Students With Opportunity
Adhering to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum guidelines, these energy education programs provide students with opportunities to think critically, problem solve and effectively make decisions to help them grow to be energy savvy adults. NEF’s educational programs align well with both education and energy industry standards. Students who participate in energy education programs understand the nature and role of energy in their lives and also have the ability to apply this understanding and solve problems.