Nurturing young people — and teachers — to fill jobs for the future

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CHICAGO -- They usually lead the class. Today they are the class.

Seventy teachers from all across northern Illinois are getting hands-on experience in the science behind energy. Getting teachers and their students excited about STEM careers, those in the science technology engineering and math fields, the purpose of an unprecedented collaboration of six Chicago area energy companies.

ESP, energizing student potential, brings hands on STEM training into classrooms, by the means of well-trained teachers..

40 local middle and elementary schools will participate in the ESPN program this first year, giving them free access to stem experiments on light and thermal energy, chemical energy and creating electrical energy, among others..

By year three officials expect it to spread to 120 area schools and tens of thousands of students.

By making materials, and teacher training free, program coordinators hope to energize students from any geographic area or financial background to consider a much brighter future.

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