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Science and Energy Education Grants
Applications for the 2017/18 school year are available now and due in by May 19, 2017. Selections are made and funding is awarded to selected projects in August 2017.
BPA offers grants to non-profit organizations, government organizations and others working in education for K-12 grade students.

The grants are available for projects that advance student awareness, understanding and interest in the issues and science involved in energy generation and transmission in the Pacific Northwest.

Projects could focus on hydroelectricity, wind and other sources of electric power, methods of conserving electricity, environmental studies, engineering and technology studies and activities and others.  The intent of the grants is to support science, technology, engineering and math education with specific emphasis on electric utility issues.
2016/2017 Recipients

Cottage Grove High School – Awarded $1477.00

Power This Town!

Instructional unit #1 will be integrated into the 9th grade Physical Science curriculum and focus on how a changing magnetic field generates electric current.  The next two instructional units will be integrated into an upper level Ocean Science Class.   Instructional unit #2 will consist of a series of inquiry based labs focused on identifying which power source will generate the most electricity in a controlled setting.  Students will be using wind turbines, solar cells, and person powered devices while they research wave power, and hydro-electric models.  Instructional unit #3 will focus on exploring the potential each alternative power source has in terms of serving as a reliable source of power for a community like Cottage Grove.  Students will create a persuasive paper, presentation, or video based on evidence from their investigation and present an argument in favor of each potential alternative power source.

J Bar J Youth Services – Awarded $5000.00

Sky’s the Limit:  Connecting Renewable Energy Education to Jobs of the Future

Sky’s the Limit prepares students to acquire a well-informed understanding of renewable energy concepts and expose them to the current and emerging demand for jobs in the renewable energy sector.  The initiative builds upon last year’s class project of constructing a solar oven and a hydroelectric generator.  Renewable energy systems to be explored include wind, solar and hydro turbines.   Students will have hands-on opportunities to test and build renewable energy systems, visit renewable energy facilities, and interview field experts on the skills needed to join the renewable energy workforce.  The start-up funding enables science educators to develop an engaging curriculum suitable for this population, and explore collaborative opportunities with local and regional renewable energy resources.  At the end of the 10-week unit study, students will be inspired and encouraged to further their learning and engagement in this field.  The school will leverage the project development to continue and expand upon the renewable energy science curriculum for this student population for years to come.  It is a vision to ultimately take advantage of the school's location in sunny Central Oregon to install solar and wind turbines on-site, and give youth direct employable experience in the construction and maintenance of such renewable energy systems.

REACH Museum – Awarded $5000.00

Teachers and Students Exploring Energy in the Columbia Basin: The Science – The Training – The Careers

This program will be delivered both at the REACH and via direct learning in the field, enabling teachers and students to understand how public power is produced in the region. They will examine the opportunities and challenges energy producers face; interact with the skilled professionals supporting renewable energy production; and the pathways to a career in energy production and conservation. 

Sustainable Living Center – Awarded $1700.00
Make – A – Splash/ Electricity Generation in the Pacific Northwest
Students will learn the basics about electrical generation in our region, how it is produced and distributed, and how it is used in our homes.  Students will learn the importance of renewable energy, efficiency, and conservation for our energy future.  Students will have the opportunity to reinforce their learning through practical application beyond the learning environment.  They will also help introduce or reinforce energy savings concepts in their households.

The Dalles Middle School – Awarded $4384.00

Renewable Energy STEM Education Program

The project goal will be to create awareness and evaluation of the Pacific Northwest electricity production and distribution into the grid. The project will focus on the types of energy as well as the issues with renewable and non-renewable sources. Students will be conducting background knowledge research and will be designing various energy harnessing devices. After the acquisition of needed content knowledge, students will engineer models of various devices as well as creating their own solution to energy generation.

Washington Alliance for Better Schools – Awarded $5000.00

STEM Fellows Program

The STEM Fellows Program is an opportunity for teachers, industry experts, and higher education faculty to work together to enhance K-12 curriculum and bring real-world and contextualized learning into classrooms. Elementary teachers as well as middle and high school science, math and CTE teachers participate in four days of professional development activities during the summer to prepare for the work during the school year. Then, during the school year, each STEM Fellows team – composed of teachers, industry experts, and higher education faculty – meets twice each month to develop Problem Based Learning (PBL) units, teach the units in their classrooms, collect evidence of student learning in a lesson study day (team observes one lesson from the unit, collects and analyzes evidence of student learning) and revise the units. Each PBL unit is then be made available for teacher use to the 11 school districts within our collaborative; Edmonds, Everett, Highline, Kent, Lake Washington, Marysville, Monroe, Mukilteo, Northshore, Seattle and Shoreline.