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Constellation Awards $310,000 in Energy Education Grants

Energy company Constellation has selected 10 recipients for its 2013 E2 Energy to Educate grant program. Winning institutions will win a share of $310,000 to fund projects that will affect 21,000 students in grades 6 through college.

Winners and their projects include:

  • The Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, where 180 students will help make a classroom that uses only solar energy;
  • One-hundred-twenty Coppin State University students will study new energy technology, such as quantum dot solar cells and nanotechnology;
  • More than 1,100 high school and college students will help create "a 200 square-foot energy learning station" and "an energy-efficient architectural design for a new 2500 square-foot Evergreen Energy Education (E3) EHC classroom facility that will provide a functioning example of green energy solutions" at the Evergreen Heritage Foundation, according to information released by Constellation;
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University will host a conference on global sustainability and renewable energy for 550 students from various New Jersey high schools;
  • Green Street Academy and Living Classrooms Crossroads School will expand their Green Street Racers after school program and competition;
  • The "Baltimore-Washington Electric Vehicle Initiative (BEVI) will engage a youth service corps of high school and college students focused on electric vehicle education," according to information released by Constellation;
  • Faculty from Mid-State Technical College will provide curriculum and instruction to help students from four high schools measure the energy efficiency of their school facilities and design a photovoltaic system. The system will then be used as a demonstration unit for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) courses;
  • The Rochester Museum will help students learn about energy consumption and production with hands on design and build challenges in a new Inventor Center exhibit;
  • Solar One has developed the Green Design Lab, "a hands-on sustainability curriculum aimed at greening urban schools," according to information released by Constellation; and
  • The University of Maryland Baltimore County will host a competition that asks 200 students to design new demand response technology.

"Constellation is proud to support student creativity and innovation through our Energy to Educate program," said Joseph Nigro, CEO of Constellation, in a prepared statement. "We congratulate this year's grant recipients for their efforts in developing hands-on projects that explore energy issues."

More information on the winning projects is available at

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].

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