Project ReCharge

Project ReCharge

 • Interactive Energy Education in OUR Community •

What is Project ReCharge?

Project ReCharge is a hands-on inquiry and project based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum and training program that engages students, teachers and facility staff. This interactive energy education program provides valuable professional development and classroom resources to teachers, who then empower middle school and high school students to become energy detectives focused on saving their school money through energy efficiency proposals.  Innovative lessons, energy data and interactive dashboards engage students and teachers as they learn about energy generation, consumption and efficiency.

Project ReCharge focuses on real world learning and application that has measurable impact on students, the environment and the community at large.

Since 2015, the Project ReCharge interactive STEM energy program has:

  • Partnered with 22 schools across 5 school districts in Northern Nevada
  • Provided 75 teachers with over 3,237 hours of professional development, valuable STEM curriculum and over $122,000 in classroom resources
  • Engaged 6,000+ middle school and high school students with hands-on inquiry based lessons and activities focused on energy generation, consumption and efficiency
  • Increased student content knowledge by 24% during the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic school year, while also measurably increasing interest in STEM careers
  • Driven the implementation of four student LED lighting projects that are reducing Washoe County School District’s energy use by 453 megawatts, saving $48,000 annually, while mitigating the release of 381,000 lbs of CO2 into the atmosphere.

    A huge THANK YOU to Washoe County School District for financing these student projects!

 

Program Components

  • Evidence Based Curriculum

    The Project ReCharge curriculum consists of five separate units that provide teachers with 8-12 weeks of hands-on, inquiry-based lessons and activities focused on energy generation, consumption and efficiency.

    Learn more about the curriculum and standards
  • Hands On Professional Development

    Participating Project ReCharge teachers receive extensive hands-on professional development training on the lessons and activities covered in the curriculum.

    Learn more about our professional development
  • Valuable Classroom Resources

    Teachers are provided with classroom resources to help effectively implement the hands on lessons and activities.

    Details on Classroom Resources
  • Innovative Energy Data

    Project ReCharge curriculum incorporates actual school energy bills and when possible real-time energy monitoring technology to engage students by analyzing the school’s energy use and seasonal trends

  • Project Based Efficiency Proposals

    The students use their Project ReCharge knowledge and work with facility staff and energy experts to develop proposals to save their school energy and money.

  • STEM Guest Speakers

    Envirolution helps bring in STEM career professionals into the classrooms, allowing students the opportunity to hear first hand the benefits of a STEM education and the job opportunities in our community.

Project ReCharge Funders

The Washoe County School District continues to be a key supporter of Project ReCharge, as seen through their approval and financing of student proposals. The National Science Foundation provided generous funding of Project ReCharge under Grant DRL-1433597,  investing $1.2 million into energy education over 3 years (2014-2017). This grant allowed Project ReCharge to partner with 11 schools, train 47 teachers and reach over 4,500 students.The Nevada Department of Education Math/Science Partnership Grant funded the Northern Nevada Energy Efficiency Teacher Training Initiative (NNEETTI) that supports the expansion of Project ReCharge for the 2017/2018 academic year. This funding

Program Partners

  • Washoe County School District

    has been an active partner since the program’s inception in 2009 and continues to be instrumental in introducing the program to local middle school and high schools.

  • Douglas County School District

    joined Project ReCharge in 2016 bringing in 4 new teachers and 70 students from Douglas High School and 170 from Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School.

  • Carson City School District

    Adopted Project ReCharge in 2017 and is instrumental in introducing the project to local middle school and high schools.

  • Pyramid Lake Jr/Sr High School

    Adopted the Project ReCharge program in 2017 thanks to the Nevada Department of Education Math/Science Partnership Grant

  • The University of Nevada-Reno- The Raggio Research Center for STEM Education in the College of Education

    UNR has been a key partner under the NSF and Math/Science Partnership grant and is responsible for aligning Project ReCharge curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), assisting with professional development classes to train teachers for implementation into the classroom and measuring and evaluating student learner outcomes.

  • The Northwest Regional Professional Development Program

    NWRPDP helped facilitate and provided instruction for the 5-day summer professional development in 2017 under the Math/Science Partnership Grant.

New Teacher Website

    To facilitate the growing number of teachers that are adopting Project ReCharge at their schools, Envirolution has launched a teacher website that gives all teachers past, present and future easy access to all the curriculum, materials, and updates.  It gives them the ability to track progress on professional development requirements and lessons and order replacements materials online.  This website facilitates the tremendous growth anticipated for Project ReCharge throughout the state and ultimately throughout the nation.

Access Teacher Web Portal