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PowerHouse Approach

 

PowerHouse was a 4 year project which engaged middle school students in climate change and data literacy through a partnership with Central Maine Power Company which provided students access to their home electricity usage data. These pages are maintained as an archived record of this project. 

PowerHouse has two main goals:

  1. To deepen math and science learning by engaging students in personally relevant math and science investigations
  2. To reduce Maine’s contribution to climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions

The first goal stems directly from GMRI’s commitment to increasing science literacy in Maine. The second emerges from GMRI’s scientific research and concern about the impacts of climate change on the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.

PowerHouse puts middle school students in the driver’s seat and empowers them to take meaningful personal action that will add up to real savings for their families and the planet. They help reduce their households' carbon footprints, while gaining relevant skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

PowerHouse was made possible through unprecedented collaboration among Maine utilities, education organizations, and energy conservation advocates, including Central Maine Power and the Maine Department of Education. To design PowerHouse platform, we worked closely with Maine classroom educators and experts from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance. These collaborations remain essential to the ongoing success of the program.