• 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 and thanks to Grant DRL-1433597 from the National Science Foundation, Project ReCharge is investing $1.2 million over three years in energy efficiency education in Northern Nevada.
Now in its third year, Project ReCharge has provided 47 teachers with over 2,312 hours of professional development, giving them over $55,000 in classroom resources which has allowed them to engage over 4,500 students in 10 schools in Northern Nevada. Together with facility staff ,energy experts and the Envirolution team, dozens of student proposals have been developed and to date 3 have been implemented. The Washoe County School District financed the upgrades recommended in the 3 efficiency proposals and together they are reducing the school’s carbon footprint by 352,000 lbs of CO2, cutting energy use by 418 megawatt hours each year, resulting in an annual saving of approximately $44,000.
We are excited to announce the expansion of Project ReCharge for the 2017-2018 school year, thanks to the Nevada Department of Education Math/Science Partnership Grant. We will be moving into 10 new schools in 3 new school districts, training 35 new teachers and reaching at least 1,000 new students.
- 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
- ACE High School provides technical High School training to Reno students and includes advanced Energy Technologies.
- 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.
- LoadIQ provides energy monitoring hardware and software, including an interactive dashboard to monitor school energy consumption, allowing students and facility staff to evaluate energy loads and determine how best to implement energy efficiency measures.
- 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.
Project ReCharge Testimonials – Teachers
Project ReCharge Testimonials – Students
Photos from Project ReCharge
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Project ReCharge in the News
- NEVADA Today: Project ReCharge transforms students into energy detectives through STEM.
- Channel News 4 news segment on Project ReCharge at O’Brien Middle School.
- Reno News and Review: Power Rangers Students Help Schools with Energy Efficiency.
- KTVN Channel 2 news segment on May 31 event (students)
- KTVN Channel 2 news segment on May 31 event (11pm)
- May 31 teacher appreciation event covered in the Northern Nevada Business Weekly.
NSF Grant-Three Year Goals
- Infuse Project ReCharge Curriculum into 10 schools and engage more than 3,000 students to improve students’ academic performance and interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
- Empower students to identify energy saving opportunities in 10 schools, with 5 student projects resulting in a 10% reduction in actual energy costs.
- Provide at least 30 teachers with 45 hours of professional development training and the necessary resources to effectively implement this inquiry-based STEM curriculum
NSF Grant Specifics
Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF):
ITEST Division of Research on Learning. Award Number 1433597 (Project ReCharge)
The University of Nevada, Reno, Envirolution and Washoe County School District
Principal Investigator: David T. Crowther; Co-principal Investigators: Jacque Ewing-Taylor & Susan Clark