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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Eisenhower Middle School receives JCP&L STEM grant


Written by Roxbury Register

ROXBURY TWP. — JCP&L Area Manager Michael Obremski presented a check to staff at the Eisenhower Middle School for the grades seven and eight school’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program on Friday, Dec. 11.

The grant comes thanks to the efforts of Denise Glenn, district science supervisor for grades 6-12, who wrote a grant proposal entitled “Watt’s Up?”.

Glenn’s winning proposal focuses on energy usage and ways to reduce electrical consumption.

Students in the middle school under the direction of STEM teacher Philip Moskowitz, will be participating in energy audits both in their classrooms and at home using WATT meters purchased through this grant.

“The goal of this initiative is to teach students about “Vampire” appliances that use energy even when they are turned off,” Moskowitz said.

“Together these devices account for up 20 percent of our electrical bills. Students will learn how to improve their home’s energy savings by identifying and unplugging energy vampires as well as research and identify ways energy can be saved in the schools.”

Eisenhower Middle School’s STEM program expanded this year to STEAM education to cover science, technology, engineering, art, and math, which is now a required eighth grade elective taught by Moskowitz.

Students are introduced to concepts in these five categories through hands on, project based learning.

Follow the Eisenhower STEM Lab and Eisenhower Maker Space pages on Facebook to learn more about the projects going on in this class.

If local businesses and community members would like to help this program reach new heights, they can reach out to STEM teacher Phil Moskowitz at pmoskowitz@roxbury.org or Science Supervisor Denise Glenn dglenn@roxbury.org.

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