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New Mexico, BP Launch School Grant Program for 'Creative' Energy Studies.

SciTech21-11 January 2007-New Mexico, BP Launch School Grant Program for 'Creative' Energy Studies(C)2007 JeraOne -

New Mexico Lt. Governor Diane Denish and global energy provider BP today officially launched A+ for Energy, a new program to recognize instructional creativity through grants to New Mexico educators who teach students about energy and energy conservation.

BP will invest up to $500,000 in grants and scholarships to New Mexico teachers working with pre-K through 12th grades. Grant amounts will equal $5,000 or $10,000, and will be presented directly to teachers who submit creative classroom, after-school, extra-curricular or summer activities focused on energy education and/or energy conservation.

The A+ for Energy program was announced at a press conference at Cleveland Middle School in Albuquerque.

"BP's education program is helping to prepare students for the 21st century marketplace. We need a constant conversation between the business community and education to understand the needs of the marketplace. Without strong relationships between companies like BP and education, we will not be successful, particularly in the area of math and science," Denish said. "During the next decade, U.S. demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate of all other occupations. We need our children to be successful in order for New Mexico, its industries and its partners to be successful."

A+ for Energy grant applicants are encouraged to think outside the box when developing their program concepts.

"BP's A+ for Energy program was developed to capture the spirit of innovation. We want to recognize those New Mexico teachers who inspire learning in their students by creating exciting and memorable experiences around the subject of energy," said Ricardo Tapia, BP vice president for New Mexico.

"We are excited that New Mexico will be the first state in the Rockies to benefit from this program. New Mexico is the perfect energy laboratory when you consider its abundant natural resources. Whether it is oil, gas, coal or renewable energy, this state is at the forefront of revolutionary thinking on energy," said Tapia.

"With New Mexico being home to two national labs, not to mention some of the most influential elected leaders on the subject of energy, New Mexico is poised to lead the national debate about our energy future," Tapia added.

BP partners with the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project to support energy education in New Mexico schools by helping supply course content and curriculum that is aligned with state standards for the core subject areas of science, math and social studies throughout all grade levels.

As part of its A+ for Energy program, BP will also award grant recipients with a scholarship to attend a three-day training conference conducted by the NEED Project to be held in Albuquerque in June of 2007."At NEED, we've found that once teachers get access to tools and training to teach kids about energy, everyone gets excited because learning about energy is fun," said Mary Spruill, program director for the NEED Project. "Regardless of the activity, the knowledge these students take with them lasts a lifetime. And it's this knowledge that can make a tremendous difference to the future of a place like New Mexico."

Any K-12 teacher currently teaching in New Mexico public or private school is eligible to submit an application. The submission deadline is March 23, 2007. Applications are available at Winners will be announced May 21, 2007.

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