Getting students excited about applying science to real life is the idea behind a grant funded initiative to learn about energy.
A coalition of energy companies funded the grant, which paid for a unit at North Prairie Junior High in Winthrop Harbor to explore real solutions with hands on activities.
Teachers Irina Stan and Megan Richardt worked with the five sixth and seventh grade classes that experienced different lab stations and were guided by an energy professional to find out how efficiently their own school used electricity.
Last month, the students presented their findings to the school board. They also created an energy fair which showed other students and the community the ideas behind their projects along with games and activities.
“You try to have the kids understand that science is everywhere,” Stan said. “It’s not just in the books. We try to make them connect what’s in the book with their everyday life.”