First Choice Power Awards Annual Teacher Grants

Texas Students Given the Chance to Explore Efficient Energy Options

Jan 26, 2010, 10:00 ET from First Choice Power

IRVING, Texas, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to help stimulate and inspire young students across the state, First Choice Power has awarded 22 grants totaling more than $50,000 to Texas teachers who submitted creative ideas to discuss energy and energy-efficiency in the classroom.

"Teachers positively impact their students every year," said Brian Hayduk, president of First Choice Power. "Energy efficiency is a growing issue, and today's students are the key to its future. First Choice Power Classroom Energy Innovation Grants are one way we are doing our part to help support innovative learning."

Applications for the annual grants, submitted by teachers in communities served by First Choice Power, were due Sept. 15. The awards were announced in November, allowing teachers the time to prepare their programs for the spring 2010 semester.

Highlighted projects include:

  • Alan Small of Northbrook Elementary School in Saginaw: "How can elementary students become ambassadors of amperage and watchers of wattage through the innovative use of technology?" Third-graders will use laptop computers, stop-motion cameras and video-editing software to create a series of short movies about energy and conservation of natural resources.

"The First Choice Power grant allows me to teach energy-efficiency to my students in a fun and creative way by integrating new technology and tools to our lessons," Small said.

  • Kori Acevedo's of Helen Edwards Early Childhood Center in Kaufman: "What is Energy? Can You Show Me the Light?" Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will explore energy and light with a series of lessons that include UV bracelets studying the sun's energy.
  • Lucy Lara of Crockett Middle School in Pecos: "Race to the Future! Which energy source is most efficient and environmentally friendly?" Students will be given a solar car kit to race their cars against a hydrogen-powered car and a wind-powered car.

"The First Choice Power grant allows me to provide hands-on learning experiences for my students," Lara said. "Incorporating math and science into one project provides the connectivity students need in education."

  • Lucy Vivian of Goodson Middle School in Cypress: "How can we balance meeting the needs of energy dependence in a modern world with the responsibility of protecting the environment?" Students will explore various ways to produce energy: hydroelectric, solar, wind, nuclear, coal, and natural gas and evaluate factors related to the various types of energy, such as costs, productivity, compatibility with needs and resources available, and potential risks to the environment.  

For a complete listing of First Choice Power Classroom Innovation Grant recipients, visit www.FirstChoicePower.com/innovation/.

About First Choice Power

Based in Las Colinas, Texas, First Choice Power is one of Texas' largest retail electric providers. It is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an investor-owned energy holding company that also owns TNMP. For more information, visit www.FirstChoicePower.com or twitter.com/FirstChoicePwr.

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