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Area teachers come together in attempts to reduce school's energy usage

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METRO—Teachers from around the area went to school on Monday to learn how to better their students' experience through the Energy Challenge.

The challenge asks the teachers to find ways to reduce energy consumption at their school.

A panel of judges decides which plan is most likely to succeed, and the winning idea will be used to track and compare schools' energy consumption during a six week period.

In order to pass, teachers have to use collaboration, communication and creativity.

This is an effort to push teachers to use project-based learning on their students during the school year.

"I hope they have just one more tool in their tool belt. There's no one way perfect to teach, but to me it's one more way to teach. It's one more way to engage students and to meet all students needs. And we just want a better opportunity for students who learn better in a more active and engaged approach," said instructional coordinator Amy Soma.

The challenge will continue for another 3 days.

The winning idea will be used to track and compare schools' energy consumption during a six week period.

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