For Immediate Release

04/28/2006

Contact: Kenneth Sheinkopf
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1007
FAX: (321) 638-1010
 
Students Do The Teaching at Unique Energy Summit
 
A student skit on "Hydrogen Hero," a student-built hydrogen combustion engine and 
a debate on hydrogen versus gasoline cars were just a few of the projects 
highlighted at Progress Energy's YES Summit held at the University of Central 
Florida on April 20.

The student-led event, kicked-off by a rousing energy cheer from elementary school 
students, was designed to let students from elementary through high school take 
the energy-related concepts they had studied during the year -- especially in 
renewable energy and hydrogen -- and share that knowledge with the community to 
reduce our nations energy use.

Susan Schleith of the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), who directed 
coordination of the Summit and related workshop activities, noted that "This was 
really a very inspiring event.  We had more than 120 students from five schools 
around Central Florida putting together a variety of fascinating educational 
approaches to help them inform other students and community members about the 
benefits of the technologies and why they are important to their future.  We were 
all amazed at the great job these future leaders did."

Participants included students and teachers from Polk Avenue Elementary in Polk 
County, Durrance Elementary in Orange County, J.W. Mitchell High School in Pasco 
County, Lakewood High School in Pinellas County and Nature Coast Technical High 
School in Hernando County.
 
As part of the activities, teachers participated in a two-day workshop presented 
by FSEC on solar thermal energy, photovoltaics, building energy efficiency and 
hydrogen.  They were also given curriculum materials for use in their classes and 
a wide variety of educational materials to help meet the growing interest in 
energy in science, geography, economics and other courses.

Schleith added that it was clear that "the work the students did in preparing for 
the event showed them that we really have a lot of options for preparing for our 
future energy needs.  And listening to the comments from the community members who 
attended, everyone learned a great deal about the energy sources that can be used 
to help lower our energy use, save money and really help the environment."

For more information on this program and other student energy activities, contact 
susan@fsec.ucf.edu.

The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central 
Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research center in 
the country.  Current research activities include solar water and pool heating, 
solar electric and distributed generation systems, energy-efficient buildings, 
alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel, fuel cells and other energy 
areas.  For more information about the center, visit www.fsec.ucf.edu  or call 
the FSEC Public Affairs Office at (321) 638-1015.