STEM & STEAM
Elementary Class Research Adds up to $4K in Energy Savings
- By Dian Schaffhauser
and fifth graders have persuaded their Minnesota school to switch to
LED lighting after assessing light usage and expense in a class
project. The elementary students in Northfield's Prairie
Creek Community School
studied lighting and energy use in class for several months,
including measuring current usage.
part of that work, they calculated how much the school could save if
it adopted LED lighting inside and outside, according to reporting by
The total: about a third less energy and $4,000 a year in energy bill
savings. Armed with a grant, the school was able to do a retrofit.
Source: Prairie Creek Community School
students also created a video that documented the project, which they
shared at a gathering of C.O.W.S.,
Conversations On the Wonders of Science,
a local monthly gathering of people interested in hearing from
think the C.O.W.S. presentation was fun to do and I hope it made
other people think about what they can do to help against climate
change," said fifth grader Claire Vanorny, according to Reporter
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.