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  • Newton-Conover High School Wrap Up Meeting

    City of Newton representative Angie Harris Ramseur addresses the students of teacher Robert Froyd’s Earth and Environment class
    City of Newton representative Angie Harris Ramseur addresses the students of teacher Robert Froyd’s Earth and Environment class

    A student folio filled out with appliances and their measured electricity use
    A student folio filled out with appliances and their measured electricity use

    Teacher Robert Froyd and ElectriCities Phil Bisesi award outstanding job gift certificates to students Shelby Graff and Taliyah Danner
    Teacher Robert Froyd and ElectriCities Phil Bisesi award outstanding job gift certificates to students Shelby Graff and Taliyah Danner

    Group photo of Newton-Conover High School class participating in E-Tracker project
    Group photo of Newton-Conover High School class participating in E-Tracker project

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  • New Bern - St. Paul's Catholic School Wrap Up Meeting

    New Bern’s Steve Anderson addresses the students at St. Paul’s about the E-Tracker project
    New Bern’s Steve Anderson addresses the students at St. Paul’s about the E-Tracker project

    Teacher Samantha Hamill, left, looks on as students Madelynn Smith, Kyanna Davis and Owen Rose receive gift cards from Phil Bisesi
    Teacher Samantha Hamill, left, looks on as students Madelynn Smith, Kyanna Davis and Owen Rose receive gift cards from Phil Bisesi

    Group picture of students completing E-Tracker project
    Group picture of students completing E-Tracker project

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  • Douglas Byrd High School Wrap Up Meeting

    Ivory McLeod presents her findings.
    Ivory McLeod presents her findings.

    Vivian Mendez presents her findings.
    Vivian Mendez presents her findings.

    Ivory McLeod, center, receives a gift card from Phil Bisesi, left, for outstanding work on her E-Tracker project. Teacher Laura Hilscher on right.
    Ivory McLeod, center, receives a gift card from Phil Bisesi, left, for outstanding work on her E-Tracker project. Teacher Laura Hilscher on right.

    Douglas Byrd students that participated in the E-Tracker project.
    Douglas Byrd students that participated in the E-Tracker project.

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  • eTracker Introduction Video

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  • Douglas Byrd High School Green Academy

    Green Academy January Winner:  Student Chase Slaydon and Fayetteville PWC’s Amber Jackson
    Green Academy January Winner:  Student Chase Slaydon and Fayetteville PWC’s Amber Jackson.  Chase won the monthly conservation award for January, sponsored by Fayetteville PWC, given to the student able to lower their utility bill the most.

    Fayetteville PWC’s Amber Jackson, right, and Douglas Byrd Green Academy students.
    Fayetteville PWC’s Amber Jackson, right, and Douglas Byrd Green Academy students.

    Students spell out an energy truth
    Students spell out an energy truth, from left to right, Kenneth Lewis, Corey Urciolo, Angel Torres, Chase Slaydon, Nicholas Eubanks, James Martin, Christian Hinson, and Malaysia Felder.

    Student Angel Torres uses the Kill-A-Watt meter to determine the number of watts drawn by different lamps.
    Student Angel Torres uses the Kill-A-Watt meter to determine the number of watts drawn by different lamps.

    Student Angel Torres and ElectriCities Energy Intern Hannah Pifer review Angel’s spreadsheet
    Student Angel Torres and ElectriCities Energy Intern Hannah Pifer review Angel’s spreadsheet

    Student Ivory McLeod uses ElectriCities TempTracker365.com to retrieve temperature data
    Student Ivory McLeod uses ElectriCities TempTracker365.com to retrieve temperature data

    Teacher Laura Hilscher looks over student James Martin’s spreadsheet
    Teacher Laura Hilscher looks over student James Martin’s spreadsheet

    ElectriCities Phil Bisesi charts some actual temperature and student electricity consumption data to demonstrate the positive correlation between the two variables
    ElectriCities Phil Bisesi charts some actual temperature and student electricity consumption data to demonstrate the positive correlation between the two variables

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  • New Bern Coverage

    On February 6th, the E-Tracker project kicked off in New Bern at St. Paul’s Catholic School. Forty one middle school students learned what E-Tracker was all about and what was in store for them moving forward. One thing is for sure – since New Bern had a foot of snow fall on them on February 12-13, and experienced the frigid temperatures that accompanied the snow, they are learning how cold weather can impact their energy use!

    New Bern’s Business Office Manager Steve Anderson addresses the students about the city’s interest in their understanding energy use at home.

    New Bern’s Business Office Manager Steve Anderson addresses the students about the city’s interest in their understanding energy use at home.

    ElectriCities’ Phil Bisesi covers how E-Tracker will help students understand the relationship between daily energy use and daily weather

    ElectriCities’ Phil Bisesi covers how E-Tracker will help students understand the relationship between daily energy use and daily weather

    St. Paul students spell out “You cannot manage what you do not measure” a common truth in energy circles

    St. Paul students spell out “You cannot manage what you do not measure” a common truth in energy circles

    St. Paul teachers Samantha Hamill and Cecilia Chittick and New Bern’s Payment Services Supervisor Jackie Jreisat at the E-Tracker kick off

    St. Paul teachers Samantha Hamill and Cecilia Chittick and New Bern’s Payment Services Supervisor Jackie Jreisat at the E-Tracker kick off

    St. Paul student Owen Rose helps determine the wattage of different lighting options

    St. Paul student Owen Rose helps determine the wattage of different lighting options

    St. Paul student Mary Doban is interviewed by a News Channel 14 reporter about E-Tracker.

    St. Paul student Mary Doban is interviewed by a News Channel 14 reporter about E-Tracker.  News Channel 14 is scheduled to air the piece on February 18th as part of their series of stories on the State of North Carolina’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program.

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  • Shelby eTracker Wrap Up

    The Shelby Shopper covered the eTracker project at Shelby High School. Read the story.

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  • Rocky Mount Academy E-Tracker Wrap Up Presentation

    Teacher Bob Koszelak addresses his 7th grade students about the E-Tracker project
    Teacher Bob Koszelak addresses his 7th grade students about the E-Tracker project

    City of Rocky Mount Energy Services Manager Kim Weaver talks to students
    City of Rocky Mount Energy Services Manager Kim Weaver talks to students

    These students made presentations about their results with the E-Tracker project
    These students made presentations about their results with the E-Tracker project

    Kim Weaver cuts the E-Tracker cake
    Kim Weaver cuts the E-Tracker cake

    Rocky Mount Academy students with Rocky Mounts Kim Weaver and ElectriCities Phil Bisesi
    Rocky Mount Academy students with Rocky Mounts Kim Weaver and ElectriCities Phil Bisesi

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  • Shelby High School E-Tracker Wrap Up Presentation

    Drew Darnell presents her E-Tracker results
    Drew Darnell presents her E-Tracker Results

    Catherine Bowen presents her R-squared analysis which shows a positive correlation between degree days and daily electric use
    Catherine Bowen presents her R-squared analysis which shows a positive correlation between degree days and daily electric use

    Millie Ramsey discusses the Kill-A-Watt meter
    Millie Ramsey discusses the Kill-A-Watt meter

    Teacher Kim McDaniel’s and her 9th grade honors earth science class with representatives from the City of Shelby and ElectriCities of NC
    Teacher Kim McDaniel’s and her 9th grade honors earth science class with representatives from the City of Shelby and ElectriCities of NC

    Kim McDaniels cuts the E-Tracker cake
    Kim McDaniels cuts the E-Tracker cake

    ElectriCities Phil Bisesi and Kim McDaniels
    ElectriCities Phil Bisesi and Kim McDaniels

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  • Shelby eTracker Project

    Read a news article on the Shelby High School eTracker project. 

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  • Clayton eTracker Project Wraps Up

    The Clayton News Star covered the wrap up of the Clayton High School project. Read the article here.

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  • Clayton eTracker Coverage

    The Town of Clayton included a piece on eTracker in Clayton High School in their latest video news update.

    Clayton eTracker
    Town of Clayton Public Information Officer Stacy Beard interviews Clayton High School student Abby Jacobson as students in Ms. Lauren Ramsey's Honors Earth Science class enter daily electric use and weather data in spreadsheets. The spreadsheets will help students understand the statistical relationship between weather and other factors that affect daily electric use.

    Ms. Lauren Ramsey's 9th grade honors earth science class at Clayton High School poses with their E-Tracker certificates of participation.
    Ms. Lauren Ramsey's 9th grade honors earth science class at Clayton High School poses with their E-Tracker certificates of participation.

    E-Tracker Cake
    Students enjoyed some refreshments at their E-Tracker Wrap Up program including an E-Tracker cake.

    Phil and Lauren Ramsey Clayton Earth Science Teacher
    Clayton High School Honors Earth Science Teacher Lauren Ramsey and ElectriCities Phil Bisesi discuss the E-Tracker project in the Clayton High School Media Center.

    Phil in Class
    ElectriCities Phil Bisesi reviews with Clayton High School students what they learned while participating in the E-Tracker project.

    Abby Jacobson describes the E-Tracker project to some parents at the Johnston County Technology Showcase event.
    Abby Jacobson describes the E-Tracker project to some parents at the Johnston County Technology Showcase event.

    Clayton 9th grade students Abby Jacobson (left) and Rachel Hunter (right) describe the E-Tracker project to a younger student at the Johnston County Technology Showcase
    Clayton 9th grade students Abby Jacobson (left) and Rachel Hunter (right) describe the E-Tracker project to a younger student at the Johnston County Technology Showcase which was held in Smithfield on 10-29-2013. ElectriCities E-Tracker project was selected by Clayton High School to represent their best effort in technology, as every school in the county highlighted a technological success story at their school. Jacobson and Hunter are students in Lauren Ramsey's Honors Earth Science class.

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  • Lexington eTracker Kickoff

    The Lexington Dispatch covered the Lexington eTracker kickoff.

     


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  • And We're Off!

    Well, the last two weeks have been really busy as we have kicked off our E-Tracker project in four schools:  Rocky Mount Academy, Shelby High School, Clayton High School and Lexington High School.

    E-Tracker is a project designed to help students apply the scientific method to understand the relationship between weather and electricity use at home. Students will form a hypothesis, collect data (daily electricity use and high and low temperatures),analyze the data using linear regression, and state conclusions. They have been given a folio to keep up with the data collection.

    In addition, students have been loaned a Kill-A-Watt meter to measure the electricity use of at least five 120 volt electric appliances in their home. From this data they can determine how much these appliances contribute to their monthly baseline electric use.

    ElectriCities received a grant from the American Public Power Association’s DEED (Developing Energy Efficient Demonstrations) program to help fund it.

    I started each kickoff by asking for eight volunteers. Their job? Take a word on a piece of paper and put it in the right order to spell out a sentence. The students had two clues: one word had a capital letter, and one word had a period at the end. In between, they would have to figure it out! Every school figured it out in less than two minutes, and the sentence, “You can’t manage what you do not measure” sums up the project quite well. In order to manage your utility bill, you need to measure your use more often than once a month!

    Rocky Mount Academy
    Rocky Mount Academy

    I want to thank the teachers and city representatives that have helped organize and plan our project.  They are:

    Rocky Mount Academy:  Teachers Bob Kozelak and Beth Covolo, and Kim Weaver, Rocky Mount Public Utilities

    Shelby High School:  Teacher Kim McDaniel, and Vallery McCoy, City of Shelby

    Clayton High School:  Teacher Lauren Ramsey, and Stacy Beard, Town of Clayton

    Lexington High School:  Teacher Len Butts and Dale Odom, City of Lexington

    Now, the fun stuff starts…actually collecting the data!  Students will collect data for 30 days and perform their analysis. At the end of the month, we will reconvene and they will share what they’ve learned.  I can’t wait!

    Dale Odom
    Dale Odom, City of Lexington Director of Electrical Services, looks on as Lexington High School student Austin Cross reviews his E-Tracker folio.

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    Students from Ms. Lauren Ramsey's honors Earth Science class at Clayton High School work on their E-Tracker log books.

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