The barefoot, lazy days of summer that I once knew as a child seem to be long forgotten. These days, most kids spend their school break secretly learning .
Summer camps and fun events offered by schools and community organizations keep kids active and engaged in the learning process. Summer break has become a time for kids to explore new hobbies, learn new skills and visit cool places around Nebraska.
NPPD’s Energy Educators participate in many of these activities throughout summer months:
- At Energy Youth Camp, high school kids learn about circuits, insulators and conductors, reliability, redundancy, and tolerance (all of which are important to circuit systems and the electrical grid), while building and cracking into safes.
- At a STEM Camp, elementary kids explore how to code and program drones and robots to perform specific tasks, as well as learn about electromagnetism by building a speaker out of a paper cup, magnets and copper wire.
- At Platte River Safari Camp, kids learn about the electrical grid — including baseload, generation following load, and variable generation power plants — and how electricity is delivered to communities around the state, by their use of a hand-powered, generating grid table.
- High school girls from Hard Hat and Heels camp learn how NPPD transports materials across the state and what types of vehicles an electric utility needs to reliably supply electric service to its customers as the young ladies tour the District’s Fleet Department in York.
- At school day camps, kids learn about hydroelectricity and photovoltaic solar energy by making water turbines, using solar panels to run motors, and racing solar cars.
I do long for the carefree summer days I had as a child, but I also remember being bored a lot. With all the summer activities available to kids these days, they should never be bored . As a parent, I love all the summer opportunities that help my children stay active and become lifelong learners!
To find out more about NPPD’s Energy Education programs, visit www.nppd.com/energy-education.