As states continue to evaluate further lockdowns, educators, families, and experts continue to weigh in on how to move forward this fall school year. Despite the hybrid daily structures, school districts across the country have no more certainty than they did mid-summer. Like others, CEEF and our partners have had to weigh the risks while also working to support and implement our sponsors’ safety measures.
With safety being our number one priority, the CEEF staff and its Board of Directors have sadly made the difficult decision to delay our Annual Energy Day Festivals in both Houston and Denver this 2020 school year. We will advise everyone as soon as we settle on a new date in 2021 and an updated, comprehensive program. Our partners at FIRST Robotics have also canceled their sanctioned tournament aligned with Energy Day in Colorado and are hoping to reconvene in 2021 as well.
STEM education remains at the heart of CEEFs mission, and we will continue to connect with our audiences in new, innovative, and safe ways throughout the remainder of 2020. Though we will not be hosting the Energy Day Festival in this year, we will be working on challenging our stakeholder networks to advance CEEFs mission. We hope to use this time to work closely with many of you to improve upon the Energy Day experience and develop creative programming that will grow CEEF and address issues our children are facing now, and likely into the future.
While we continue to make these STEM-ulating changes, we look forward to working with each of you to expand our mission.
We are incredibly grateful for all of our amazing community partners who continue to support CEEF and all the students across so many school districts that we have affected over the last ten years.
Thank you for your steadfast support of our educators, our students, and their families. We look forward to implementing some exciting plans for 2021 and implementing programs that will have an even more significant impact over the next ten years.
In hopes of a better and healthier year,
The Consumer Energy Education Foundation Staff
In 2011, with more people retiring from the STEM and energy industries, and the need for more advanced technology, it was clear that there was a need to bridge the gap between education, career adoption, and the STEM and energy industries. It was then that the Energy Day Festival was founded in Houston, Texas.
Energy Day is a free family festival consisting of nearly 70 interactive demonstrations and exhibits that teach students and their families about the various forms of energy and science, technology, engineering and mathematics that go into energy and STEM careers. The festival also focuses on efficiency and conservation while providing opportunities for students to interact with energy and STEM experts to help spark an interest in these careers.
Attendees include students, educators, families, and business leaders looking to learn, teach, and explore the various energy types and opportunities in STEM industries. Students and teachers are also awarded each year for their achievements in STEM-related competitions. In the seven years since its inception, Energy Day has given away almost $100,000 to students and teachers for their achievements in STEM. These generous academic award opportunities help motivate thousands of future energy experts each year.
Guests are also treated to music and numerous interactive games and displays. Energy Day and its partners are leading the way in reinforcing the importance of STEM education and the development of new energy technology. Each year attendance at Energy Day Houston has grown to its most recent figure of over 25,000 attendees.
Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is the leading U.S. consumer advocate in support of affordable, reliable energy for working families, seniors, and businesses across the country.
Consumer Energy Education Foundation (CEEF) provides outreach and educational support materials, events, activities, resources, and information about career opportunities in STEM and energy fields and the importance of energy, conservation, and efficiency in our daily lives.