Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Where does electric power come from? Kids find out

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MORROW — Leave a light on or a computer running at Morrow Elementary and you might have two dozen first- and third-graders ready to turn you in.

        The two classes this year are learning about energy as part of the Ohio Energy Project.

        On Monday, some students even made "Wanted' posters for energy wasters, complete with photos and descriptions of alleged crimes.

        Other groups recreated a mining excursion and designed T-shirts with energy vocabulary.

        “This is just to heighten awareness that if we waste energy, it's not going to be here forever,” said third-grade teacher Christi McEntire.

        The Ohio Energy Proj ect, a nonprofit organization of educators, was established in 1984 and is an affiliate of the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project.

        NEED works to introduce energy education into the curriculum at every grade level, according to its Web site.

        Morrow Elementary students will prepare a schoolwide energy fair in March. Monday's projects helped them gear up for the fair, Ms. McEntire said.

        Students learned how to mine land while conserving energy by carefully dipping a spoon into layers of dirt, rock and other materials piled in a plastic container.

        Seven-year-old Leanna Hild piped up, “Can I try?”

        And that's the kind of interest teachers are striving for, said first-grade teacher Linda Olinger.


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