Energy Education in Your Classroom

Energy Education in Your Classroom

We enjoy educating our future ratepayers about the benefits and hazards of electricity.

Educating our community about the benefits and the hazards of electricity is a top priority for Mason PUD 3.

We especially like to direct this education towards elementary school aged children for two reasons. First, we want customers to learn at an early age how to be safe around electricity. Secondly, we feel children are great messengers to help spread the word about electrical safety and efficiency to their family and friends.

The PUD offers several ways for your classroom to learn more about electricity and electrical safety:

In Class Presentations

Periodically, PUD staff may be available to come to your classroom to talk about various electricity-related topics. Contact Asia Cline, Communications & Community Relations Coordinator, at asia.cline@masonpud3.org to check speaker availability.

Classroom Mini-Grants

Looking for funding to help you bring energy education to your students?

One of the ways your PUD 3 supports educators in Mason County is by awarding mini-grants of up to $500 for energy education projects, materials, or field trips. Energy Education Mini-Grants are awarded once a school year on a competitive basis.

Deadline for receipt of applications for school year 2017-2018 is November 3, 2017. 

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All Mason County elementary and secondary educators (public, private, homeschool) whose school purchases ELECTRICITY from Mason County PUD 3 are invited to apply for an Energy Education Mini-Grant.

If you are unsure of eligibility contact Asia Cline at asia.cline@masonpud3.org or 360-426-8255 ext. 5254 before moving forward with your application.

All curriculum, projects or events that specifically support ENERGY education are eligible. This includes salmon education due to the large percentage of hydropower in the PUD power portfolio and the financial support PUD ratepayers provide for salmon protection and restoration.

Examples of eligible Energy Education Mini-Grant projects or events:

  • Learn about solar energy by building solar cars, making solar ovens or being creative with solar paper or beads.
  • Conduct experiments with purchased wind turbines.
  • Use hand-crank flashlight generators to teach about electrical generation and energy transformation.
  • Add books about energy to your school library.
  • Come up with an energy-themed project for your school’s science night.
  • Build electrical circuits or other battery-powered projects.
  • Purchase LED lights to use in addition to incandescent lights when teaching about circuits.
  • Create an energy conservation calendar or produce a play for your school or school district.
  • Raise salmon in your classroom.

If you are unsure of eligibility contact Asia Cline at asia.cline@masonpud3.org or 360-426-8255 ext. 5254 before moving forward with your application.

There are several ways to submit your Education Mini-Grant Application:

 

Complete and submit the Online Application Form.

Print the pdf version and submit to: Mail/deliver – Asia Cline, Mason County PUD No. 3, PO Box 2148 or 2621 E. John’s Prairie Rd., Shelton, WA 98584.

Email – asia.cline@masonpud3.org (acceptable file formats: Word and PDF).

 

Timeline:

Friday, November 3, 2017: All mini-grant applications must be received by 5:00 pm. 
Friday, November 17, 2017: All mini-grant award recipients are notified.

Applicants will be reviewed by a team of PUD employees using the following criteria:

  • Relativity to Mason County PUD No. 3
  • Explanation of learning activities and how they support energy education
  • Number of students who will benefit
  • Evident preparedness of applicant to implement this curriculum, project or event

Energy Education Mini-Grants are awarded for any amount up to $500 each. Expenses may include, but are not limited to: instructional materials and supplies, admission fees, transportation costs for student activities, guest speaker or presentation fees, teacher training materials and printing costs.

While Mason County PUD No. 3 recognizes and values the importance of technology in the classroom, PUD mini-grant programs are not intended for the purchase of computers or digital cameras/recorders. Other types of technology equipment may be considered but must be adequately tied to the learning activities explained in your application.

Each award winner will be responsible for preparing a final report on his or her project. The reports will be complied and made available in the Education section of our website for other educators to view.

Mini-grant applications will not be returned.

 

We congratulate the following recipients and thank all who presented their ideas for consideration. 

Grants Funded for 2016-2017 School Year

  • Mountain View Elementary, Jody Oblizalo & Jackie Rhodes, 3rd Grade

Using the snap circuit kits, students will collaborate to create projects that demonstrate force and motion. While creating the projects, students will use various alternative energy sources to determine which energy source was most effective in creating motion. Students will also learn about renewable and non-renewable energy sources in order to make better choices as consumers of energy. 

 

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