Middle School Students Across Alaska Pledge to be Energy Efficient
WASILLA, AK – (Nov. 7, 2016) – More than 2,200 middle school students from 90 classrooms in 15 Alaska middle schools participated in the 2016 Power Pledge Challenge, an initiative aimed at helping youth better understand energy use. An 8th grade science class from Wasilla Middle School is the grand prize winner of this year’s challenge.
Statewide utilities Alaska Electric Light & Power (AEL&P), Chugach Electric Association, Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) and Municipal Light & Power (ML&P), joined with Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) and Renewable Energy Alaska Project (REAP) to hold the challenge for middle school students in the Anchorage, Juneau, and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District. In the challenge, students completed a hands-on activity from the AK EnergySmart curriculum and learned how to calculate their energy usage and ways to reduce their usage at home. They then conducted an online home energy audit with their families and identified specific actions they would take to use energy more efficiently. Increasing energy literacy will lead consumers to make informed energy choices and help build sustainable communities. For the grand prize, each classroom that had 75 percent or greater student participation in the pledge was entered to win.
Mayme Troutman’s 4th period science class from Wasilla Middle School is the 2016 grand prize-winning class and will be awarded an ice cream party with a visit from First Lady Donna Walker at 10:30 am on Monday, November 14. “It’s important for students to be aware of the concept of energy and how it affects them. In 8th grade physical science the students take a deeper look at how energy is changed, transferred and the monetary/environmental impacts energy has on everybody,” said Troutman. “Thanks to MEA, Chugach Electric, ML&P, AHFC, AEL&P, AEA and REAP for encouraging energy education in our schools.”
The 2016 Power Pledge Challenge covered the largest geographic area to date. One student winner was drawn from the Anchorage School District, Juneau School District and from the area served by the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, plus the ASD area from Eagle River to the Knik River. Each student who completed the online energy pledge earned a single entry for their class into the regional drawing to win a field trip to a local power plant and a pizza party.
The winning classes are:
· Anchorage School District Winner: Northern Lights ABC – Carol McKee (teacher), 3rd period science class.
· Juneau School District Winner: Floyd Dryden Middle School – Chris Heidemann (teacher), 2nd period science class.
· Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District and Eagle River Winner: Teeland Middle School – David Knopp (teacher), 2nd period science class.
· Grand Prize Winner: Wasilla Middle School – Mayme Troutman (teacher), 4th period science class.
The grand prize-winning class will be awarded an ice cream party with Alaska First Lady Donna Walker at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 14, 2015 at Wasilla Middle School. The media is welcome at that event.