Article by School News Network–Students in the Project NEXT program at Forest Hills Northern High School recently shed some light on the energy costs of keeping outdated fluorescent lights burning in their classrooms, hallways, and gymnasiums. They discovered that for $78,000, the school could replace all of the outdated fixtures in their classrooms with LED light fixtures. The project would pay for itself in less than four years, they told a group of school administrators and district advisers. Project NEXT is a project-based learning program that began officially in 2018. Students in the program identify real-world problems and propose solutions. Besides saving money, the 22 students in Austin Krieg’s 10th-grade class also discovered research that shows students may learn better under the glow of LED lights. The students presented their findings after a six-week study in which they audited every light fixture in the building and calculated the cost of operation.
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