High school students tour Washington & Jefferson College to learn about energy

Upper St. Clair High School students took a break from summer to tour the Clark Family Library at Washington & Jefferson College to learn about where energy comes from.

The students took part in an interactive discussion to learn more about energy, participated in a scavenger hunt to find electronic appliances in the building and learned how to use a thermal-imaging program to identify hot and cold spots in the building.

“The CEPM was thrilled to have students and faculty from Upper St. Clair School District visit our campus to learn about energy efficiency and conservation,” said Corey Young, director of the Center for Energy, Policy and Management. “This important program wouldn’t have been possible without the funding and support of the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund.

The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund is a nonprofit organization that invests in sustainable energy technology.

Michael DaVia, an emotional support and resource language arts teacher in Upper St. Clair School District, said the experience was invaluable for his life-skills students.

“The educational experience provided by the W&J Living Energy Lab served as a dynamic hands-on learning experience for our students,” DaVia said. “Energy usage and conservation is an essential functional skill for all students in the 21st century.”