Fall 2017
News Briefs



A new school-based energy efficiency program called I-SEE (Investigations in School Energy Efficiency) and STEMhero are joining forces statewide to offer schools new tools and inquiry methods to study how their schools and students' homes use energy.

STEMhero is a website and supplemental curriculum that empowers students to collect and analyze their electricity, natural gas and water consumption. Through the program, students create a baseline of their home's and/or school's consumption. They then adopt and measure the impact of efficiency behaviors and technologies. Students then share their knowledge of their local water and energy system and which efficiency practices work best.

STEMhero is designed for the upper-middle school or lower high school grades, in particular environmental and physical science classes. STEMhero emphasizes experimental design, careful data collection and analysis, real-world application of classroom learning, and connection to family, among other things.

Staff in the K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP) are implementing the program in utility service areas throughout the state during the 2017-2018 school year. I-SEE/STEMhero is looking for a middle school class in the MGE electric service area to test the program in December, 2017. If you are interested or know a teacher who may be interested, please contact Jim Jenson, MGE Community Education Manager, at 608-252-7091 or email jejenson@mge.com.