First Choice Power Awards Annual Teacher Grants

January 26, 2010

IRVING, Texas, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ — In an effort to help stimulate and inspire young students across the state, First Choice Power has awarded 22 grants totaling more than $50,000 to Texas teachers who submitted creative ideas to discuss energy and energy-efficiency in the classroom.

“Teachers positively impact their students every year,” said Brian Hayduk, president of First Choice Power. “Energy efficiency is a growing issue, and today’s students are the key to its future. First Choice Power Classroom Energy Innovation Grants are one way we are doing our part to help support innovative learning.”

Applications for the annual grants, submitted by teachers in communities served by First Choice Power, were due Sept. 15. The awards were announced in November, allowing teachers the time to prepare their programs for the spring 2010 semester.

Highlighted projects include:

    -- Alan Small of Northbrook Elementary School in Saginaw: "How
     can elementary students become ambassadors of amperage and
     watchers of wattage through the innovative use of technology?"
     Third-graders will use laptop computers, stop-motion cameras
     and video-editing software to create a series of short movies
     about energy and conservation of natural resources.
         "The First Choice Power grant allows me to teach energy-
          efficiency to my students in a fun and creative way by
          integrating new technology and tools to our lessons," Small
    -- Kori Acevedo's of Helen Edwards Early Childhood Center in
     Kaufman: "What is Energy? Can You Show Me the Light?" Pre-
     kindergarten and kindergarten students will explore energy and
     light with a series of lessons that include UV bracelets
     studying the sun's energy.
    -- Lucy Lara of Crockett Middle School in Pecos: "Race to the
     Future! Which energy source is most efficient and
     environmentally friendly?" Students will be given a solar car
     kit to race their cars against a hydrogen-powered car and a
     wind-powered car.
          "The First Choice Power grant allows me to provide hands-on
           learning experiences for my students," Lara said.
           "Incorporating math and science into one project provides the
           connectivity students need in education."
    --Lucy Vivian of Goodson Middle School in Cypress: "How can we
     balance meeting the needs of energy dependence in a modern
     world with the responsibility of protecting the environment?"
     Students will explore various ways to produce energy:
     hydroelectric, solar, wind, nuclear, coal, and natural gas and
     evaluate factors related to the various types of energy, such
     as costs, productivity, compatibility with needs and resources
     available, and potential risks to the environment.

For a complete listing of First Choice Power Classroom Innovation Grant recipients, visit www.FirstChoicePower.com/innovation/.

About First Choice Power

Based in Las Colinas, Texas, First Choice Power is one of Texas’ largest retail electric providers. It is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an investor-owned energy holding company that also owns TNMP. For more information, visit www.FirstChoicePower.com or twitter.com/FirstChoicePwr.

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SOURCE First Choice Power

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