A student showcase about renewable energy is allowing the minds and talents of Grade 9 students to shine on the province’s green energy future. Grade 9 students from across the province are displaying renewable electricity projects today, June 7, to family, educators, and elected officials in Truro. The projects include a solar powered drawbridge, video and power points, and a wind power debate. The student showcase is part of The Energy Around Us, a pilot program developed by the Departments of Education and Energy to encourage learning about renewable energy, its potential uses, and the role it plays in the province’s electricity and environmental sectors. “Government understands decisions made today will impact future generations,” said MLA Lenore Zann, on behalf of Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks and Education Minister Marilyn More. “Educating our young people about the importance of renewable energy in creating good jobs and a greener province is the right decision for today and for the future.” By 2020, Nova Scotia intends to supply 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources. Today that number is 12 per cent. The Energy Around Us program encourages students to use science, math, social studies and art to explore the world of renewable electricity through hands-on projects. The program connects to social studies, science and language arts outcomes within the Grade 9 curriculum. Kathryn Creaser, a teacher in New Germany, said the program encouraged students to look at how renewable energy affects their daily lives. “The students really embraced the opportunity to research the topic of renewable energy and how it relates to them and their community. They enjoyed the freedom to explore the subjects that mean the most to them when it comes to renewable energy, and they made a real effort to present their findings in a creative and informative way,” said Ms. Creaser. “It’s wonderful that students will have a chance to share what they’ve learned, see projects from other schools and meet peers from other parts of the province, especially with a shared focus on greener energy and a stronger economy for their future.” Schools participating in the showcase are: Park West School; Pugwash District High School; Shelburne Regional High School; New Germany Rural High School; Canso Academy; Central Kings Rural High School; Inverness Education Centre/Academy; Advocate District School; Rockingstone Heights School; and Digby Regional High School.