ROCKLAND — Students at North Haven Community School and Vinalhaven School will have a new way to learn about energy efficiency in the coming school year, the Island Institute announced today.

The institute has launched Energy for ME, an educational pilot project that will serve 75 middle- and high-school students at the two island schools. The project is funded by a $50,000 grant from Time Warner Cable.

The students and their teachers will use special meters to measure local energy use and explore energy options that are cleaner, more efficient and more affordable.

“This is a great opportunity to hone students’ science, technology, engineering and math skills,” said Ruth Kermish-Allen, the institute’s education director.

The project also aims to increase students’ awareness of potential careers in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, Kermish-Allen said.

Time Warner Cable donated the funding as part of its science and technology education initiative, Connect a Million Minds.

“As a company rooted in innovation, it’s clear to us that there is an immediate need to encourage youth to develop skills in science and technology,” said Melinda Poore, a Time Warner spokeswoman.