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 Math (STEM) curriculum and training program that engages students, teachers and facility staff.  By providing them with the knowledge, training, and technology they become energy detectives focused on saving their school money through energy saving recommendations.  This unique program transforms the way school energy savings are achieved and how we engage our students.

Created in 2009 by Envirolution, Project Recharge bridges the gap between school districts, utility companies, government agencies and community organizations. In 2014, Envirolution partnered with the University of Nevada Reno and Washoe County School District to secure a $1.2 million National Science Foundation Grant (DRL-1433597) over three year for energy efficiency education in Northern Nevada.

Since 2015, Project ReCharge has provided 75 teachers with over 3,237 hours of professional development, giving them over $88,000 in classroom resources which has allowed them to engage over 6,000 students in 22 schools across 5 school districts in Northern Nevada.  Together with facility staff, energy experts and the Envirolution team, dozens of student proposals have been developed. The Washoe County School District financed the upgrades recommended in 4 efficiency proposals and together they are reducing the school’s carbon footprint by 381,000 lbs of CO2, cutting energy use by 453 megawatt hours each year, resulting in an annual saving of approximately $48,000.

Program Expansion!

Thanks to the Nevada Department of Education Math/Science Partnership Grant, Project ReCharge will be moving into 10 new schools in 3 new school districts, training 28 new teachers and reaching at least 1,000 new students for the 2017-2018 school year.

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 Monitoring Technology

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

  • Project Based/Student Driven 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 Career Outreach

    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.

Program Partners

  • Envirolution (501(c)(3)) focuses on green and sustainable economic development through innovative education.  Envirolution is responsible for developing curriculum content, managing involvement of energy-monitoring technology, and providing classroom assistance to teachers.
  • The 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. Current schools include Reed, Wooster and North Valleys High Schools and Cold Springs, Dilworth, Mendive, O’Brien and Vaughn Middle 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.  The 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 will participate in the initial and ongoing NNEETTI partnership to inform program design, implementation and evaluation.
  • The Raggio Research Center for STEM Education in the College of Education at the University of Nevada-Reno. UNR is responsible for aligning Project ReCharge curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), leading professional development classes to train teachers for implementation into the classroom and measuring and evaluating student learner outcomes.
  • The National Science Foundation funds research and education in science and engineering, through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research. NSF is providing generous funding of Project ReCharge under Grant DRL-1433597.
  • 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
  • The Northwest Regional Professional Development Program (NWRPDP) will help facilitate and provide instruction for the 5-day summer professional development and provide support for follow-up sessions with teachers.

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.

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