BPA Science and Energy Education Grant recipients, 2015/2016
Canby School District, Canby, Oregon. $3,602 to fund “Energize Science.” This program will support science and engineering instruction for students in third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades, by funding teacher training, an engineering “Road Show” presentation for schools, and field trips to energy facilities.
Dayton Grade School, Dayton, Oregon. $1,190 to purchase supplies for energy experiments for use in the school’s new after-school STEM education program serving K-5 students.
Dufur School, Dufur, Oregon. $2,200 to fund “Enhancing the Dufur Ranger Energy Generation Challenge,” which will provide supplies for science students to construct, test and modify models of hydro, wind turbine, solar and PEM fuel cell systems, and to demonstrate their learning at a district wide Family Night at the Lab event.
High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon. $5,000 to fund “Energy and the Environment,” a series of classes at the museum that will engage 3rd -12th grade students from rural areas in an exploration of renewable resources in the context of global climate change. Using hands-on activities, such as designing wind turbine blades or determining the perfect angle for solar panels—students will investigate solar and wind power. They will also develop an understanding of the short and long-term impacts of these technologies in the Pacific Northwest.
Kent School District, Kent, Washington. $1,250 to fund “Expanding Energy and Renewable Energy Exploration via Robotics and Electronics.” This program will provide supplies that will give students training in energy generation and transfer, renewable energy and energy transmission to elementary students on an ongoing basis, serving hundreds of students each year.
REACH Museum, Kennewick, Washington. $5,000 to provide support for “The Energy Experience,” a STEM-focused energy and environmental summit for 7th and 8th grade students in the Mid-Columbia region. The objective is to create awareness and knowledge about energy generation, production, safety, efficiency, conservation and public power.
Spokane Conservation District, Spokane, Washington. $3,000 to expand conservation education within Spokane County. Funding will provide more than 5,000 students will locally based, hands-on STEM activities and learning, including watershed education, macroinvertebrate studies, renewable energy research and energy education.
The Dalles Middle School, The Dalles, Oregon. $3,758 to fund “STEM Renewable Energy, On-Demand Wind Generation’s Dependency on Hydroelectric for Grid Stability.” This program will help create an awareness of Pacific Northwest electricity production and distribution to the grid, using the local example of the Columbia River Gorge. Students will learn to demonstrate how hydroelectric facilities can control peak energy output by storing water or releasing through turbines. Students will also learn how wind generation can be a variable source of power that requires energy to be used in conjuction with production timing.