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DECKER MIDDLE SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH AUSTIN ENERGY TO LAUNCH ENERGY ALL-STARS

Decker Middle School has officially launched a new program in the Austin area thanks to Austin Energy.

The school unveiled its new Austin Energy All-Star kits on Friday during Decker's weekly House Meeting. Approximately 280 6th graders will receive the take-home kits with many tools to promote energy efficiency. Austin Energy All-Stars is a pilot project and may expand to additional schools.

During the launch, Austin Energy Spokesman Jim Clark showed students the difference between fluorescent, incandescent, and LED bulbs and the difference in energy output, by having DMS Principal Jon Bailey ride a bike connected to the bulbs.

 Our goals for this program are to:

-Instill awareness and knowledge of energy efficiency directly tied to relevant TEKS standards with hands-on experience for the students.

-Introduce the students' parents and school staff to Austin Energy's energy efficiency offerings.

-Create an opportunity for parents to become more actively involved in their children's learning.

 With the assistance of our vendor, Resource Action Programs, AE will furnish these components to each school at no cost:

-The distribution of student energy conservation kits—including an LED bulb, a multi-outlet smart strip, and a refrigerator/freezer thermometer—to each 6th grade student, to be taken home so that the components can be installed with the assistance of their parents/guardians.

-Integrated teacher/classroom curriculum with educational activities geared specifically to the energy-saving kits and to the relevant Energy Unit TEKS standards for sixth graders. This curriculum is typically taught during portions of a science class for a one or two-week period.

-One Energy Investigation Kit per classroom, containing an infrared camera, an energy usage/cost measuring tool, a solar car model kit and a wired board for comparing types of light bulbs. This kit will be left with the school for any desired future use.

-The provision of training and support for the teachers.

 For more information, contact Jim Clark at Jim.Clark@AustinEnergy.com or 512-482-5236.

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