Building on last year’s first-ever and highly successful A+ for Energy grant program, global energy provider BP has announced the launch of the 2005 A+ for Energyprogram. The program will award $2 million in grants and scholarships to California K-12 teachers to implement creative educational programs to teach students about energy and energy conservation. The grants are presented directly to teachers who submit creative classroom, after-school, extra-curricular, or summer activities focused on energy education and/or energy conservation, in increments of $5,000 or $10,000. BP encourages teachers to think outside of the box when creating their proposals. The 2004 A+ for Energy grants have allowed schools across California to turn food scraps into ethanol, create solar-powered cars, hold energy festivals, cook hot dogs with solar power, and build solar-powered hot water systems. BP partners with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project to support energy education in California schools by supplying course content and curriculum that is aligned with state standards for the core subject areas of science, math, and social studies for all grades. As part of its A+ for Energy program, BP will award grant recipients with a scholarship to attend a five-day training conference hosted by the NEED Project to be held in California in July and August 2005. The all-inclusive scholarship will cover travel, meals, and lodging expenses, as well as a NEED Science of Energy Kit valued at $500. The kit includes classroom tools and materials to help educators teach energy. A+ for Energy applications will be reviewed and selected by an independent panel comprised of California state educational and environmental non-governmental-organization leaders. Upon notification in June, BP will work with winners and their school officials to coordinate attendance at a celebratory awards luncheon to be held on July 11, 2005, in Los Angeles. California government and community leaders and BP representatives will join teachers participating in the celebration.

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