Valdosta Daily Times


December 18, 2013

Learning about power

VALDOSTA — For the past two years, Georgia Power representatives have been visiting area schools to give students a hands-on electricity lesson.

The purpose of the program is to teach children about how electricity works while also teaching conservation and energy efficiency tips. By taking a hands-on approach, students are given the opportunity to see how electricity works versus just receiving a lecture on the topic.  

Tuesday morning, Georgia Power Education Coordinator Crystal Godfrey entered a fifth grade classroom at W.G. Nunn Elementary to begin her “Learning Power” presentation. Godfrey began with an introduction of what the kids could expect to learn and how it would coincide with science lessons they will be taught in the future.

The “Learning Power” program has lesson plans appropriate for elementary, middle and high school students. The lesson plan for this fifth grade class included such activities as identifying what objects are insulators and conductors. They also learned the differences between open and closed circuits through forming a large circle and acting as a “human circuit.”

The students all cheerfully participated in the activities. Conservation tips like turning off electronics when not in use and taking shorter showers were also taught to the children so they could practice saving energy at home.

Terri Lupo, Georgia Power South Region Vice President, also attended Tuesday’s lesson to observe and lend a helping hand.

“It’s a fun experience for the kids to have a hands-on opportunity to learn about energy and efficiency tips they can take home with them,” she said.

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