OPPD, along with partners at the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project, has launched a new Energy Education Program for educators across OPPD’s service territory.
This program seeks to get students excited about energy. It will do so by equipping educators with specific training and a free STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) kit.
The hands-on STEM activities will let students work with their peers to learn how energy is part of their everyday lives. The activities align with the Nebraska State Standards for Science.
“With the Energy Education Program, we want to lead the way we power not just the future, but our future: the students of today and customers of tomorrow,” said OPPD Energy Advisor Eric BenSalah. “Banding together with the education community, we can better prepare students for the changes we face in the energy world.”
The project team worked with various school districts in OPPD’s service territory over the past two years to better understand what type of education program would be beneficial for them.
“I always wanted to teach, to mentor and help young kids,” BenSalah said. “It’s an honor and a passion of mine to be able to give back to our community by helping educate our future.”
Workshops will begin in February for this semester, and additional workshops are planned summer. Educators interested in participating must register by Feb. 7. To learn more and to register, visit the program page at www.oppd.com/EnergyEd.
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