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Driving Installation of Residential Energy Efficiency Measures through STEM Education

New Berlin, WI, USA
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Cost

Zero Upfront Cost
Initial:
5 Thousand USD

Project Status

In Progress/Under Construction since 2019

Challenges Addressed

Energy Efficiency

Motivation

Equitable city

Funding / Financing

Utility rates

Project Type

Technology
Service

At a Glance

STEMhero partnered with Focus on Energy (Wisconsin) to integrate energy efficiency measures into a rollout of the STEMhero science/math curriculum across 7th grade classrooms in New Berlin Wisconsin.

Problem Addressed

Focus on Energy provides information and programs to encourage energy efficiency in Wisconsin. It is funded by Wisconsin’s investor-owned energy utilities, as required under Wis. Stat. § 196.374(2)(a), and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. https://focusonenergy.com/about

Focus on Energy was interested to see greater adoption of the efficiency packs, which include energy saving items like low-flow shower-heads and LED bulbs, especially in rural Wisconsin communities.

Focus on Energy used/is using STEMhero's upper middle school online science program integrated with energy efficiency measures to address this/these challenge(s).

Solution(s) Used

Because STEMhero provides a teacher-led and online curriculum, it can engage students at scale across a whole community without requiring added staff time from the partnering agency. Moreover, because the program emphasizes rigorous scientific thinking, teachers in upper grades like to implement it, thus expanding the reach of utility programs which tend to focus on the elementary school level.

Outcomes

  1. Over 600 energy efficiency packs sent home with students -- reporting on specific installations expected after program is completed.

Something Unique

Serving upper school grades because STEMhero empowers students/teachers to engage in more rigorous science/math over the course of weeks.

Who Should Consider?

Energy utilities, especially those serving rural communities in which the school is a key channel to reach families.