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
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, City of Lexington Director of Electrical Services, looks on as Lexington High School student Austin Cross reviews his E-Tracker folio.
Students from Ms. Lauren Ramsey's honors Earth Science class at Clayton High School work on their E-Tracker log books.