2012-08-24 / Community

Shore Corps Lead Waterfront Alliance Workshop


Students learn how energy is stored by using lemons and potatoes. Students learn how energy is stored by using lemons and potatoes. This summer Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Shore Corps interns participated in leading a series of workshops for local elementary school children focused on energy conservation. The program was sponsored by National Grid and introduced local youth to renewable forms of energy as well as ways to reduce heating and electric costs for their families through basic measures at home.

RWA educators Shelley Berlincourt and Keneisha Turner trained the interns over the summer to assist with the summer youth workshops. Elementary grade students from Goldie Maple PAL program attended the workshops each week at the Rockaway Hip Hop Garden and got a chance to make projects related to each of the lessons.

The students had a great time learning about energy; where it comes from and how it is stored. In one lesson students used potatoes and lemons to show how energy can be harvested from a vegetable. When one student was asked, “How do you get energy from a lemon?” he replied, “It’s in the juice!” which brought a round of laughter from the group.



Students worked together to build models of homes and better understand how insulation and various types of building materials can help to cool homes. Students worked together to build models of homes and better understand how insulation and various types of building materials can help to cool homes.

Shore Corps interns help to teach students about renewable energy. Shore Corps interns help to teach students about renewable energy.

Shelley Berlincourt helps students make a wind turbine all their own. Shelley Berlincourt helps students make a wind turbine all their own.

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