The SPARK Energy Education Program partners with more than 30 Georgia middle and high schools to install a one-kilowatt photovoltaic system at each school.
Jackson EMC, along with other Georgia EMCs, worked together with Green Power EMC to develop the SPARK Energy Education Program as an in-class solar learning laboratory for students across our state. The program provides participating schools with on-site solar panels and the software necessary to study energy produced by the sun. The SPARK Energy Education Program is the largest solar education program in Georgia.
In cooperation with Green Power EMC, Jackson EMC installed a solar array and monitoring system at Mill Creek High School in Hoschton. While having a solar array is beneficial for hands-on learning, schools do not need a solar array to participate in the dedicated curriculum, which can be integrated into a school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program.
The curriculum for the SPARK Energy Education Program was developed by the University of West Georgia, in partnership with Green Power EMC, with modules designed for middle and high school students. Lessons cover four primary areas: 1) physical science, physics and chemistry; 2) math; 3) biology, life science and environmental science; and 4) earth science.
The SPARK Energy Education Program provides teachers with training, labs, class activities and hands-on experiments. All participating schools are eligible to receive the online data links and features.
If you are a school administrator or teacher in the Jackson EMC service area and would like to know how your school can participate, please contact Karen Ewing (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you would like to learn more about the SPARK Energy Education Program, in general, please contact Green Power EMC at 770-270-7900.
Green Power EMC's Research and Development (R&D) fund pays for SPARK Energy Education Program. Every $0.005/kWh of Green Power sold goes into the R&D fund to offset costs for the development of new resources and technologies. Members who subscribe to Green Power are not only helping the environment, but also helping develop programs to create awareness and educate students.