The BPA Science and Energy Education Grants recipients for the 2013/2014 school year are:
Martin Sortun Elementary School, Kent, Washington - $1,400 for energy robotics kits and teacher training that will engage 360 third through sixth graders in energy concepts like energy transfer, generation, operation of the electric grid, and renewable energy.
Central Klickitat Conservation District, Goldendale Washington - $2314 for a comprehensive program of classroom instruction and field trips on electric energy and conservation in the Northwest for 540 students in seventh through 12th grade.
Yakima Basin Environmental Education Program, Yakima Basin, Washington - $2,500 for classroom visits and field trips for 700 fourth through 10th graders in Yakima and Kittitas counties. Students will learn about the lifecycle of the salmon and operations of the river to meet multiple demands, capped off with a field trip to see the historic return of salmon to Cle Elum Lake for the first time in 100 years.
Polson Middle School, Polson, Montana - $2134.44 for a school wide sixth grade science education project focusing on energy stewardship, and including experiments, building models, collecting data, and developing reports and conclusions about alternative sources of energy. Students will present their findings in a “Creativity Showcase” event for families and the community.
Benton Conservation District, Kennewick, Washington - $3,700 for “Salmon Power!” where students will raise tanks of salmon in their classroom, study hydroelectric generation and dam operations, and learn how their actions can conserve electricity and aid salmon recovery.
Springfield School District, Springfield, Oregon - $3120 for materials and teacher training for a project that will allow 1,000 sixth graders and 140 high school physics and engineering students to build, test and modify a small scale hydropower generator.
Clackamas County Friends of Extension, Clackamas County, Oregon - $5,000 to develop and administer the state’s first curriculum on renewable energy and energy conservation topics designed to reach state science and engineering education standards. The project will reach 1,000 sixth seventh and eighth grade students in Clackamas County.