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HOUSTON – Sixty-nine schools in the Houston area will receive funding from BP's A+ for Energy program. This program recognizes teachers for their inventive energy conservation lessons.
Award-winning schools will receive $5,000 or $10,000 grants for energy education projects in the classroom. Students at winning schools plan to build a hydrogen fuel cell car, cook with solar power and care for an outdoor Eco-Station.
"With the help of many talented Texas teachers, it is our hope that these grants will serve as a springboard for a life-long educational journey that will inspire today's youth to become responsible, energy-conscious adults," said Ross Pillari, BP's President and CEO.
According to Pillari, the program illustrates BP's objective for the development of new energy resources that will benefit future generations. "We might expect that the knowledge created and the creativity engendered will help lead to energy solutions that we can barely imagine now," he said.
More than $1 million dollars will be distributed among five counties where BP employees work and live in Texas: Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris.
The winning teachers will attend a three-day conference hosted by BP and the National Energy Education Development Project, where $725,000 in grants and $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded.
More than 500 teachers, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, submitted lessons that encourage energy-consciousness. The winners were selected by two independent panels of experts in education, science and the environment.
Teachers at the 69 different schools were rewarded for 77 projects that include 32 individual classroom winners, 17 shared projects between classrooms, 28 schoolwide projects and 5 districtwide projects.
BP worked with Space Center Houston, KHOU-TV 11 and National Energy Education Development Project to develop the A+ for Energy program.