The New York Energy Smart Students program has announced 50 energy education grants of up to $400 each for K-12 educators in New York who provide the best plans for use of the grant funds.
These grants are designed to spur creative approaches to energy education in the classroom and community. They will fund innovative projects that increase students energy knowledge and awareness, while providing student leadership opportunities.
The New York Energy Smart Program is a partnership between the state Energy Research and Development Authority and the Public Service Commission.
Public and private school educators who teach in communities served by one of the state's investor-owned utilities (Central Hudson, Con Edison, NYSEG, National Grid, Orange and Rockland, and Rochester Gas and Electric) may apply.
Projects could include such things as:
procuring supplies for hands-on classroom activities related to energy efficiency or renewable energy;
sponsoring a student-led energy fair as a school or community event;
taking your class on an energy-related field trip;
purchasing energy-related DVDs for the classroom or school library;
sponsoring an energy-related contest or competition for students, with energy-efficient prizes;
having students help the needy in making low-cost energy improvements; or
funding a student team s participation in an energy-related event or competition
For details and to download an application, go to www.GetEnergySmart.org and click on Energy Education (Avoid the pull-down menu that will appear beneath it if you scroll down at all.) Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 5.