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Lemont High School receives energy kits through ComEd NEED program


Thanks to science teacher Karen Aleman’s recent participation in an Illinois Energy Workshop, Lemont High School students will benefit from a joint project of Commonwealth Edison and the National Energy Education Development (NEED). Students enrolled in Advanced Placement Environmental Science will take part in the Saving Energy at Home and School Program.

ComEd NEED Program Web site

ComEd makes available home energy efficiency kits using NEED’s Saving Energy Curriculum Guides. Teachers receive a Saving Energy Kit to use in the classroom to teach energy efficiency measures, and students then take the home energy efficiency kits home to install with their families.

Students will investigate energy use at home with their families by implementing programmable daily timer, a refrigerator thermometer, and a ‘Kill A Watt’ kit that monitors electric consumption. The kits help students and their families reduce energy consumption at home and understand what can be done to save energy. Students also will be provided guides for monitoring and saving energy.

AP Environmental Science students will monitor energy at home and be required to write a formal lab report based on their data. The data will provide families with information on the steps they can take in their households to reduce energy use. Students also will use the data gathered to try to reduce their own carbon footprints and the effects of global climate change.

The kits and educational materials, which are valued at $2,000, were provided to Lemont High School at no cost.

The NEED Project’s mission is to promote an energy conscious and educated society. NEED is the nation’s leading provider of energy education programs and materials to schools. All NEED learning activities are correlated to Illinois science objectives.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.

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