Maine Public Service's Energy Education Program
Maine Public Service's (MPS) Energy Education Program dates back to the 1970s. Offered in northern Maine, the program has changed to reflect modern energy issues, and now includes two components.
Energy Eagle Patrol
The Energy Eagle Patrol is a team of students who raise the awareness of energy issues within the schools by distributing materials and reminding fellow students and teachers to turn off lights. The Patrol Program includes presentations on how to read electric meters, the advantages of fluorescent lighting and the energy used by computers. One Energy Eagle Patrol team was established in each of the following schools: Fort Street School in Mars Hill; Pine Street School; Patrick Theriault School in Sinclair; and Zippel School in Presque Isle. The schools saved approximately $1,500!
BE Energy Wise Program (BEEP)
Maine Public Service's BE Energy Wise (BEEP) program is part of a larger, national energy education effort. BEEP materials are designed to fulfill educational learning standards in most disciplines and at all grade levels. Portfolios of student work developed through the program are entered into a national competition. From October 2003 to October 2004, Maine Public Service conducted 59 educational presentations and reached over 1,139 students.
The three E's programs introduce basic concepts on energy, environment and economics, and the interaction among the three. These programs assist the participant to understand some of the challenges and problems related to energy use. Energy workshops are also offered, which enable each participant to gain knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts of energy education through hands-on activities.
Lighting Demonstration Program
- Using graphs and work sheets, students can utilize their math skills to learn how much electricity daily classroom lighting consumes.
- Demonstrations are given of how a meter works, how to read the electricity meter and how to save on electricity bills.
Energy and Energy Management Programs
- A discussion of energy sources and their wise use is presented.
Teacher/Student Energy and the Environment Workshops
- A daylong workshop filled with energetic activities on energy, electricity, and environmental concerns.
To register for one of the Maine Public Service's Energy Education Program activities, click on this registration form or contact Nancy Chandler at (207) 760-2556.
For more information
If you are interested in find out more about the Energy Education Programs please contact Efficiency Maine.