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Burbank School District 111 announced that Byrd School has been awarded a grant to participate in the Energizing Student Potential (ESP) program for the 2015-2016 school year.
ESP is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focused program for grades 5 through 8 designed to engage and educate teachers and students alike, with an emphasis on the science and industry of energy.
The program will help educators bring energy into the classroom and provide all the tools and resources necessary for students and teachers to learn together, explore energy together, and teach their local communities about energy.
Byrd was one of 40 area schools to receive a grant. According to the District’s website, Mr. Ed Fialek, a Byrd sixth-grade teacher, was instrumental in obtaining the grant for the school. Fialek and three other teachers, Mrs O'Riordan, Mrs. Hammad, and Miss Russell, will implement the ESP program at Byrd.
The school will also receive:
• A $750 cash grant to be used to support the STEM Project.
• $3,000 of hands-on kits and curriculum
• An Energizing Student Potential Energy Fair Kit to host an Energy Fair and Carnival at your school
• Access to Educational Energy Audits, Field Trips and ClassroomVisits
• Two-Day Professional Development for a team of 2 teachers per school
• Celebration of Energy hosted as a culminating event at the end of the school year
• Connections to STEM professionals to help students see all the possibilities of STEM and Energy Careers
About Energizing Student Potential
Energizing Student Potential (ESP) is an unprecedented collaboration of six energy companies serving northern Illinois and northwest Indiana to engage and encourage the future scientists and engineers who will make up the energy workforce of tomorrow. Working with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project, ESP provides a full suite of programs that foster passion for science, technology, engineering and math in 5th through 8th grade students and provide teachers the tools they need to reach this goal. ESP will serve 120 diverse schools throughout the region within three years and produce measurable outcomes in advancing STEM. The collaboration includes the Exelon Foundation, ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas and BP America.