GLEN ELLYN – Students at Glen Crest Middle School received a crash course in green energy Feb. 21, when the school’s 200 sixth-graders participated in the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency and the Commonwealth Edison Smart Ideas Elementary Energy Education programs.
Glen Crest science teacher Suzanne Hood applied for the free programs, which she said teach kids to relate topics they learn in class to their own lives, specifically regarding renewable and nonrenewable resources and energy conservation.
“Our goal as the science teachers is to get kids more aware,” she said. “They’re our future.”
The presentation, sponsored by Nicor Gas and Commonwealth Edison Electric, and titled Think! Energy, is available to schools that receive services from the two companies and was developed by the National Energy Foundation.
“We have really good response from the students,” said classroom presenter Tammi Phillippe.
Topics covered by Think! Energy include how to save natural gas, electricity and water at home, according to a news release from Glen Crest.
Each student received a free energy kit as part of the presentation, the release stated, including a high-efficiency shower head, a shower timer, kitchen and bathroom aerators, a digital thermometer and three compact fluorescent lightbulbs.
“It gives students something to take home and interact with,” Phillippe said. “This gives the kids opportunities to really impact the amount of energy the family uses.”
Student’s families were asked to complete a household report card as part of the presentation’s optional homework, according to the release. If 80 percent of sixth-graders return the card to their teachers, their classroom will receive a $100 mini grant, said Nicor’s Energy Efficiency PR and Media Relations Specialist Erin Wilson.
Since it was established in 2011, Think! Energy has distributed about 30,500 kits and visited hundreds of schools.