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.
Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the Gulf of Maine ecosystem.
If every household in Maine reduced their electricity consumption by just 5%, we would reduce our carbon output by 192,000 tons per year – the equivalent of taking 40,000 cars off the road. 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.
PowerHouse is our newest education program. For the last two years, we have been prototyping its online tools and classroom curriculum with students and teachers throughout the state. We are currently conducting a major update to the site, and we plan to begin the rolling out the program more broadly this fall.
While the program curriculum targets middle school-aged students, we support educators working with all ages as they adapt and incorporate PowerHouse to foster critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and collaboration.
Powerhouse is engaging my students in relevant science and math content while hooking their families into the conversation of energy use in homes. This is cutting edge work!"
It was really neat to see how everyone was so focused on saving energy, and it definitely helped in my house because we used a lot."
Bath Middle School's 8th grade students demonstrated their creativity, collaboration, and communication skills in the public service announcements they created to encourage others to use data to make informed decisions and reduce their household electricity use. Watch their inspiring and creative PSAs!