The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has awarded Auburn Middle School an $8,000 grant to host a Clean Energy Day. The event, taking place on March 27, 2017 at 8:00 AM, will be on the school grounds and feature hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities for the students. Through the program, local clean energy businesses were invited to partner with six schools across Massachusetts to host the events. Hopkinton-based Solect Energy, Holy Name Central Catholic High School Environmental Science Class, and Constellation Energy are participating in the event alongside teachers Christine Robbins and Kerry Palumbo.

In addition, Auburn High science teacher Eric Berg will present on the geothermal heating and cooling system his family uses to heat and cool his house, and AMS Principal Joe Gagnon will display an antique steam engine and explain its operation. The architect for the new Auburn Middle School will also be on hand to discuss the energy saving features designed into the building. Other innovative items on display will include a solar backpack and a bicycle charger. Both can be used to recharge electronic devices.

The event will focus on the 206 students in the eighth grade who will all be given kits to build small solar cars. These students will be making decisions about which high school to attend, and this seminar should unveil some potential new career options. The MassCEC is also paying for the admission and transportation of the grade 8 students to the Boston Museum of Science later this school year. For lunch, a solar powered hot dog truck will feed those in attendance.

MassCEC is a state economic development agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies, and projects in the Commonwealth—while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton chairs MassCEC’s board of directors. MassCEC helps clean energy companies grow, connects students with clean energy careers, supports municipal clean energy projects, and invests in residential and commercial renewable energy installations, creating an innovative and robust marketplace for the clean energy industry. This funding program builds upon the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing efforts to support the Commonwealth’s vibrant clean energy innovation sector with MassCEC’s ongoing investments in workforce training for high school students and internships for college age students. Clean Energy Day awards were also made in Brockton, Fitchburg, Milton and two schools in Boston.