It’s never been easier–or more important–to teach K-12 students about energy efficiency, conservation and clean, renewable energy. The Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) provides the educator training, and lesson materials are free.
Free professional development training and student assembly presentations for K-12 educators on energy-related topics.
eesmarts is an energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy learning initiative
Its vision is to facilitate students’ understanding of the science, math and technology related to clean, renewable energy and electricity in order to create an energy-efficient ethic among all school-age students in Connecticut.
Through its K-12 lesson materials, eesmarts helps educators and schools teach the importance of becoming energy smart by providing free professional development training and student assembly presentations on energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy and electricity.
All eesmarts workshops and lessons fully align with the Connecticut Mastery Test, the Connecticut State Science Framework, the Connecticut State Mathematics Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards.
Professional Development Workshops
Professional development workshops are provided free-of-charge to educators across the state of Connecticut for grades Kindergarten through high school. Workshops are led by Capitol Region Education Council (CREC).
Both District and General Workshops are offered. For each, teachers can earn CEUs and may be eligible for a stipend. Upon completion of a workshop, teachers can order lesson materials for their classes at no cost.
Workshops are interactive and cross-disciplinary, providing educators with a hands-on examination of the inquiry method using activity-based learning opportunities.
eesmarts lessons are fully aligned with the Connecticut Science Frameworks, including the science curriculum standards and state assessment expectations for grades PreK through Grade 12.
Each lesson features materials for students, hands-on activities, detailed teacher guidebooks, extensions and evaluation tools. Lessons are flexible, interdisciplinary and the program fits seamlessly into any class curriculum.
For specific workshops and lesson materials, please visit eesmarts.com.
In an effort to engage energy efficiency messages at the student level, eesmarts offers student assembly presentations on energy conservation, energy efficiency and how to be energy smart.
Student assembly presentations are currently available for Connecticut elementary schools (public and private).
Visit eesmarts.com for more information.
Annual Student Contest
The annual eesmarts contest invites students to answer grade level-specific prompts regarding how they would promote energy efficiency, renewable energy and reducing their carbon footprints to their families, fellow students and schools.
Students express their energy smarts through a variety of formats, including poems, news articles, posters, speeches and even plays and TV scripts. All contest prompts align with the Connecticut State Frameworks in science, mathematics and writing.
Participants receive recognition for their submissions and winners will be honored at a special awards ceremony.
For more information, visit eesmarts.com for 2015 eesmarts Student Contest information.
Connecticut Science Fair
eesmarts is an annual sponsor of the Sustainable Resources and Practices (Middle School), Future Sustainability (High School) and the Alternative/Renewable Energy categories at the Connecticut Science Fair.
Projects considered for these categories aim to find practical solutions to our world’s problems by identifying specific ways that individuals and communities can utilize sustainable processes, products and technologies to help protect the environment for future generations.
Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place projects. The first and second place winners of the Future Sustainability category and the first place winner of the Alternative/Renewable Energy category also receive free travel and sponsorship to attend I-SWEEP, the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad.