STEM Students Energized by PSEG LI Assembly

The assembly energized the STEM students.

December 20, 2016

It doesn’t take very long to know if an assembly program has captured the imagination of students. The youngsters enrolled at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School quickly displayed an enthusiastic response to last week’s theatrical performance by The Energized Guyz that made a lesson about energy efficiency and conservation an awful lot of fun.

Sponsored by PSEG LI, the assembly program delivered by the National Theatre for Children helped the STEM students spread across grades 3-6 understand the concept of energy, its uses and how it’s wasted as well as methods to conserve it and utilize it more efficiently.

PSEG LI senior analyst and manager of the community partner program Peter Hornick visited the school several times during the run-up to the show, meeting with Superintendent James W. Polansky and Principal Donna Moro and scoping out the venue.

Originally slated for the auditorium, which features a stage and hundreds of fixed seats, the program was moved to the school’s spacious gymnasium, which provided surprisingly good acoustics and allowed the actors to move more freely among students.

“Energy efficiency makes economic sense and is an imperative when combatting greenhouse gas emissions,” said Michael Voltz, PSEG LI’s director of energy efficiency and renewables. “The Energized Guyz brings energy efficiency concepts to life in a fun and educational way. Even the youngest of students can understand that they have energy choices and the earlier they learn, the more likely they will incorporate these concepts into their lives.”

The 25-minute, interactive comedy featured junior superhero Nikki Neutron, who is on a mission to stop energy from being wasted all over town. Along the way, Nikki and the students learn important energy efficiency lessons and even convince the crafty villain, the Sneaker, to join the cause.

The applause generated by the Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School students was a clear indication of what they thought about the assembly program. They couldn’t have been more enthusiastic.

“They enjoyed the show,” Ms. Moro said. “The performance was engaging. The kids learned about electricity as a secondary energy source generated from other primary energy sources like fossil fuels along with practical ways they can conserve energy at home. Energy and energy conservation are important parts of our everyday lives. PSEG LI provided our students with a wonderful opportunity to learn how they can be responsible energy users.”

PSEG LI underwrote the performance, which was provided at no cost to the Huntington School District. In addition to the live performances, the program included student playbooks, teacher guides, classroom posters, e-books and digital games and activities that aligned with the concepts outlined in the live show.

“We anticipate partnering with PSEG LI on future educational programs,” Ms. Moro said.

PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenue of $10.4 billion. It has a 12 year contract to operate the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system.

NTC is an award-winning educational content provider whose methods include theatrical all-school assemblies, print and digital curriculum, professional development, extracurricular events and volunteers-in-the-schools. It has developed the art of teaching through educational story-telling into a science of its own. The international company operates in the US, New Zealand and Australia.

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STEM students were given PSEG commemorative helmets.
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The assembly was held in the STEM school gym.