Pilot Program

On October 4, 2011, Project Infinite Green launched its afterschool pilot program at the Lemont (Ill.) High School District 210 for 30 seventh- and eighth-grade students. Conducted by Brian Quirke, communications director at the Chicago office of the U.S. Department of Energy, the inaugural class focused on a spirited discussion of U.S. energy policy. You can read more about this event in our pilot program press release.

In fall 2012, the pilot curriculum is being rolled out in Lockport, Illinois. It spans 15 weeks, covering topics such as:

  • U.S. energy policy
  • Energy derived from
    • Nuclear power
    • Fossil fuel
    • Petroleum
    • Coal
    • Natural gas
    • Methane
    • Renewable sources (e.g., wind, solar, and hydropower energy)
    • Anthropogenic impact (i.e., human impact on the environment)

Throughout each of our programs, mentors from Project Infinite Green partners educate children on how energy sources are distributed and used, and on their respective advantages and disadvantages.

Field study, research, and trips are part of each curriculum. The coursework culminates in the development of a business plan to implement sustainable technology for a specific purpose, under a predetermined budget.