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Short Line Named Project NEED School of the Year

By Staff | Jun 1, 2016

Project NEED West Virginia Elementary School of the Year, as well as National Runner Up Photo Provided

The Engineer Energy Kids of Short Line School have been named the West Virginia Elementary School of the Year for the second year in a row in the National Energy Education Development Project. The students did not just capture the state title however; they also were named the National Runner Up.

To enter the NEED Project, the Engineer Energy Kids – led by advisors Leslie Lively, Tracy Mason, Martha Rogers, Chuck Blair, and Ashley White – were required to submit a slideshow presentation regarding how the students both learned and taught about energy.

According to the presentation, the Engineer Energy Kids wrote announcements, took an energy savings pledge, made phone calls and wrote letters requesting speakers, and made energy booklets for restaurants. Other activities included researching energy-related facts to post on the school sign outside. Through research, the students were able to write their own radio commercials, energy pamphlets, and prepare for the Energy Carnival.

The Second Annual Energy Carnival was held for the school and community. The Engineer Energy Kids researched their energy topic and wrote a lesson plan and questions about their topic. They also had a game for people to play once they came up with the correct answer.

The Engineer Energy Kids also appeared at local athletic events, board of education meetings, as well as Bob Evans restaurant to help make others aware of what is happening energy and our resources.

Through their presentation, the Engineer Energy Kids also thanked the many local companies who have supported them this year. Geo. V. Hamilton loaned the students their solar power trailer; Green Electrical loaned a solar light system, and Dominion has donated supplies, as well as sponsored the Energy Bus from the Clay Center in Charleston.

Eureka Midstream also sent in guest speakers to teach the students about the natural gas industry, and River Quest from Pittsburgh visited the school to teach students about energy sources.

“Now that we have this Engineer Energy Train rolling we can’t stop,” the kids stated in their presentation. “It is our goal to have lifelong learning take place with the Engineer Energy Kids.”