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FPL Selects Four Teachers in St. Johns County for Renewable Energy Classroom Grants

Florida Power & Light Company today announced that four teachers in St. Johns County were selected to receive $4,000 in funding through FPL’s 2011 Renewable Energy Teacher Grant program.

The winning teachers will receive the funding to support classroom projects that help teach students about renewable energy and adhere to the Florida State Board of Education’s Sunshine State Standards. In total, 43 teachers across FPL’s 35-county service territory have been selected to receive a total of $43,000 in 2011.

“As renewable energy becomes more prevalent in the everyday lives of Floridians, an understanding of the technology is critical for our next generation of leaders,” said Dave Cobb, FPL’s external affairs manager for St. Johns County. “We applaud these dedicated teachers for creating forward-thinking, exciting projects that will enhance the science curriculum in their classrooms.”

The winning teachers, schools and projects in St. Johns County are:

  • Martha Jorgensen, kindergarten through grade five. South Woods Elementary School, Elkton.

o   With a dual goal of accelerating both science and reading/language skills, “Knowledge is Power” introduces students to the world of energy and suggests ways they can make a difference in their homes and at school.

  • Tracy Fordham, grade two.  PVPV/Rawlings Elementary School, Ponte Vedra Beach.

o   Students will test their hypotheses on the output of solar toys including the height of airplanes and helicopters and the speed of racing cars in “Harness the Sun.”

  • Teresa Miska, grades 11 and 12. Pedro Menendez High School, Saint Augustine.

o   To enhance the lessons learned from the on-site solar array FPL donated to their school last year, students will bake their own food in solar ovens and build solar circuits in “Sunny Side Up!”

  • James Crutchfield, grades nine through 12. Pedro Menendez High School, Saint Augustine.

o   Using their school’s own energy consumption as a benchmark, students will measure wind speeds and calculate the advantages and disadvantages of the energy source in “The Answer is Blowing in the Wind.”

Award recipients are selected by the National Education Energy Development project (NEED), a non-profit organization working with energy companies and agencies to bring balanced energy curriculum and training to the nation's classrooms.

NEED Executive Director Mary Spruill said, “We are honored to be a partner in FPL’s effort to provide teacher training, solar installations, curriculum and classroom grants to schools in its service territory. In our second year of the program, we’ve seen strongly written grants that will raise the level of energy knowledge among Florida’s teachers, students and families. At a time of declining school budgets, these grants provide educators the opportunity to truly teach science and to integrate practical knowledge of energy in their classrooms.”

The awards range from $500 to $3,000 per project, based on the proposed budget and number of students that will benefit, and come from the NextEra Energy Foundation, which is funded by shareholders of FPL’s parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc., the nation’s largest producer of renewable energy from the wind and the sun.

This is the second year for FPL’s Renewable Energy Teacher Grant program and is part of a larger commitment to the state. So far, the company has funded 47 teacher projects, installed working Next Generation Solar Energy Station arrays at 10 educational facilities and built three large-scale solar power plants. In the coming months and years, FPL expects to continue making investments like these in Florida’s energy future.

Projects were judged according to stated goals, energy content, creativity and plans for budget and evaluation. Completed projects may be featured on FPL’s Solar Station website at www.FPL.com/solarstations.

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