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CEC Awards Bright Ideas Teacher Grant

Central Electric Cooperative (CEC) recently awarded a Bright Ideas Teacher Grant in the amount of $1,000 to Valley Grove Elementary near Franklin, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Ben Barnett, sixth grade science teacher, submitted a creative plan to utilize K'nex renewable energy kits to enhance a student's knowledge of renewable energy. Teams of four to five have the option to choose between solar, wind, or hydro energy production models. Their focus is to plan, test and market their renewable energy project to over 60-70 students. The program encourages creativity through  teamwork, design, collaboration, critical thinking and marketing technics.

CEC is reminding area teachers to apply for its 2017-2018 Bright Ideas Teacher Grant program that helps fund innovative, energy-related learning projects. Teachers, K-12, from all schools within Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Forest and Venango counties are eligible. Schools do not need to receive service from CEC. Home school teachers are also welcome. The maximum teacher grant will be $1,000 per award period.

Topics must be energy related, directly involve students, with goals clearly defined and measurable. Some typical topics may include renewable energy, generation, use, efficiency, conservation, safety, along with what is an electric cooperative.

Teachers can learn more at (click on the Community tab). Applications will be judged on innovation and creativity. Grant recipients will be asked to provide a program summary with photos upon project completion.

Central Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative serving approximately 25,000 members with over 3,000 miles of distribution line in portions of Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Forest, Mercer and Venango counties. Find out more by visiting

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