Last week the Mississippi Energy Institute took Get on the Grid to five classrooms on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Partnering with the Mississippi Department of Education, a certified instructor guided middle school students in Ocean Springs and Gulfport through the site with the goal of informing the students about careers in the manufacturing and energy sectors, and then testing effectiveness of the website.

In concert with exposure to the site, NSPARC at Mississippi State University collected data from the students’ perceptions before and after using the site. NSPARC is helping MEI analyze the data from classrooms in both the Jackson metro and Coast areas to assess the effectiveness of the site in raising awareness and changing perceptions of careers in the manufacturing and energy sectors.