CARROLLTON – This fall, a very special energy education program will be implemented at Conotton Jr. High for the seventh grade students of Kathy Shryock. Be E3 Smart is designed to bring math and science learning into not only the classroom, but also into the students’ homes to help reduce energy usage.

Be E3 Smart is an award-winning, innovative program being launched by Ohio’s electric cooperatives in conjunction with the Ohio Energy Project (OEP), a nonprofit organization that promotes energy education and leadership through partnerships with schools, businesses and communities. OEP initially introduced this program a few years ago and won the distinction of being Ohio’s “Outstanding Environmental Education Project of the Year” in 2008.

Be E3 Smart meets state science standards in a hands-on, creative way that allows students to use energy efficiency devices in the classroom and at home. Students learn about electricity, efficiency, heat and energy transformation, and then collect, graph and identify trends, all according to scientific principles. Each student receives a kit of energy-saving materials for use at home with family participation, which allows students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom.

Science teacher Kathy Shryock attended an extensive professional development training in preparation for this new program. With Be E3 Smart, students have the opportunity to learn about energy sources, types, transformations and efficiency in a fun, memorable way that makes it real for them. Plus they get to apply what they learned. And in these tough economic times with limited budgets, having these resources available is wonderful.

Be E3 Smart, sponsored by the Ohio electric cooperatives, is being implemented at 20 schools throughout the state and is anticipated to reach up to 2,500 students and their families. This program is part of the ongoing Energy Advisor program originally introduced by the cooperatives in 2006 in an effort to help electric cooperative members and communities learn how to use energy wisely and save money.

Carroll Electric is proud to be able to sponsor this new energy program.

“We feel it’s important to reach out to electric cooperative members and the community with energy education,” Co-op Manager Larry Fenbers said. “Offering the Be E3 Smart program in our local school helps us do that in a very effective way. It helps build even stronger partnerships between schools, teachers, families and our cooperative. It is a win-win scenario for everyone.”

Pictured above  is Conotton Jr. High School science teacher Kathy Shryock, left, and Shauni Nix, a representative of OEP.

As area school openings quickly approach, check out the August 20 print edition of the Harrison News-Herald for the Harrison Hills City School District Bus schedules, school open houses, and other back to school events.