PECO Energizing Education Program

PEEP is "project-based," combining a five-week classroom module with hands-on kits and curriculum, with a school student energy audit, and a cash grant to support the school's implementation of an energy and environment focused community project.

Kids with a model house in the PECO Energizing Education Program.

  • What’s the PECO Energizing Education Program? 

    The PECO program is a project-based unit.  This unit is designed to fit within a pre-existing energy unit or inform the creation of a new unit.  The Program combines a five-week classroom module with hands-on kits and curriculum, with a school student energy audit, and a cash grant to support the school’s implementation of an energy and environment-focused community project.  The program is designed to be implemented in grades 6-8*.  In 2014, PECO will select up to 15 schools to participate.  The program materials are sponsored for up to 80 students to participate at each school.    Schools must be located within the following 5 counties:  Philadelphia, Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks and Chester. PECO will review applications that include grades other than 6-8 and more than 80 students on a case-by-case basis.

    Enrollment is currently closed. Please check back soon for more details about how to apply.


  • What does the school receive?

    The PECO Energizing Education Program includes:

    • Two-Day Teacher Workshop at The Franklin Institute (substitutes and stipends paid)
    • Curriculum and hands-on kits to teach about energy transformations, solar energy, wind generation, hydropower, and energy efficiency.
    • An Educational Energy Audit that engages students in the audit of the school building.
    • A cash grant of up to $1,000 to support the school's selection of and implementation of an energy-focused community outreach project.
  • What is the school’s commitment?

    By participating in the project, each school commits to:

    • Select a science and/or technology teacher(s) to supervise implementation of the program. It is recommended that no fewer than two teachers participate—to provide support for each other and to reach the most students. Consider selecting a career and technology teacher and a science teacher. Selected faculty will participate in a mandatory two-day training session at The Franklin Institute. This training session is designed and delivered by The NEED Project and The Franklin Institute. Act 48 credit is provided as are stipends and substitute reimbursement.
    • Work with students, faculty, parents and community members to plan and implement an energy-focused community outreach project. Be sure to select a community partner to work within the implementation of the project. Develop and submit a budget to show how you will use the PECO cash grant for this project.
    • Incorporate PECO's energy-focused curriculum and related activities into your 6th-8th grade science and technology classrooms/programs between November and late April.
    • Work with The NEED Project to plan for the Educational Energy Audit experience for a select team of students. The NEED Project's Certified Energy Manager, Todd Rogers, will work with a group of students to survey the school building and make recommendations for increasing energy conservation in the school. Students execute both school and home energy audits.
    • Execute the community project and create a presentation, video, and/or student performance about the project and its results. Submit the project for review. Projects will be reviewed, and top projects will be selected to present at the PECO Energizing Education Celebration. Participation is mandatory.
    • Participate in mandatory mid-year check-in evaluations and calls to be certain the program is progressing as planned.
    • Complete teacher and student evaluations and submit to The NEED Project.
  • Project Resources

    Information for 2014-2015 will be available soon.

  • About the Partners

    PECO, The NEED Project, and The Franklin Institute are honored to bring this program to PECO schools.  The NEED Project and The Franklin Institute have a variety of resources for use in the K-12 Classroom.

    The Franklin Institute

    Since 1824, The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been a stalwart in the informal science education community, as well as a premier cultural institution for the nation.  With its explicit mission "to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology," The Franklin Institute has successfully merged science education for all with a keen appreciation for community engagement and civic responsibility.  In 2008, in recognition for almost two centuries of excellence, distinguished service and community commitment, The Franklin Institute was awarded the prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Medal for museum service.

    The Institute's innovative science education programs have exemplified the benefits of collaborative partnerships between science centers, corporations, and public education systems, and is proud of its association with this PECO initiative.  Through its dynamic programs and areas of practice, The Franklin Institute has left its footprint both regionally and nationally on K-12 science education, and has also significantly impacted family and community science awareness.  These programs include: Gender and Families in Science; Professional Development; Educational Technologies; Youth Programs; and its magnet public high school, the Science Leadership Academy.  As the Institute continues to develop its signature programs, its newfound collaborations with public school districts, as well as private corporations such as PECO, redefine, the boundaries and scope of impact for informal science learning environments. The Franklin Institute's collection of online Resources for Science Learning is available for use in classrooms.

    The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project

    The mission of The National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs. The NEED Project is dedicated to developing innovative energy education materials and training programs for teachers and students. Launched by Congressional Resolution in 1980, The NEED Project is now a dynamic force in more than 65,000 classrooms nationwide.

    The NEED Project's multi-sided training and instructional programs on all aspects of energy, including production, consumption, and economic and environmental issues, give students an understanding of the interrelationship between energy and the environment. More importantly, NEED's student-directed activities empower students to take active roles in educating their peers, families, and communities about energy issues. NEED programs focus on developing a clear understanding of the science of energy, and then building knowledge of the sources of energy, uses of energy, and the conservation and efficiency of energy.