Christine Mitchell, compliance coordinator for Dominion Natrium, presented New Martinsville School's fifth grade science class teacher Linda Fonner with a $4,100 donation toward her classes' energy project during Monday night's board meeting. The NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project will be the basis for the endeavor. Students will explore 10 sources of energy. Both renewable and non-renewable sources will be incorporated and explored through the use of kits, simulations, and print material. Energy safety will be emphasized.
Some of the activities included will be building wind turbine blades and using them to produce electricity; simulating fracking situations to understand the process; and building solar cookers.
Students will also be measuring energy usage, determining costs, and looking at environmental effects. They will conduct surveys of home or schools to monitor energy usage. An energy program for parents will be performed. Families will receive an energy conservation kit for their homes. The unit will conclude with students participating in an energy carnival.
Pictured are Linda Fonner, fifth grade science teacher at NMS, along with Christine Mitchell, compliance coordinator for Dominion Natrium. Mitchell presented Fonner with a $4,100 donation on behalf of Dominion, toward Fonner’s NEED energy Project.
Fonner has used the NEED Project for many years in her classroom. She stated, "I appreciate it that Dominion Gas has presented me with this grant so that I may purchase more kits and materials to benefit my students."