Hydro launches energy education program

Teachable topics include power generation, distribution, savings, safety

Published on January 29, 2013
A reliability standards engineer with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Jason Tobin takes students at Hazelwood Elementary in St. John’s through a presentation on electrical safety. — Submitted photo courtesy of Nalcor Energy

At Hazelwood Elementary in St. John’s this morning, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro launched a new education program, aimed at teaching grade-school students more about how they get their electricity.

The “Power Your Knowledge” program was launched before a group of Grade 6 students who were given a presentation on the topic of electrical safety.

The topic is one of several covered in the new educational resource materials created by the Nalcor Energy arm and being provided online, for use by teachers and students.

Other topics covered include energy generation, distribution and savings.

The “Power Your Knowledge” resources are available at: www.poweryourknowledge.com. The site includes information sheets and multiple choice quizzes.

Teachers can create their own accounts to reach sample lesson plans on energy-related topics.

“Through consultation with the Department of Education and teachers, we geared our program towards Grade 6 students, but we believe anyone of any age will find this resource an informative and engaging way to learn about how electricity works here in this province,” said Darren Moore, General Manager of Transmission and Rural Operations at Hydro, in a statement issued this morning.

“The most important component of this program is electrical safety. By educating youth, our goal is to prevent electrical injuries and we hope they also take the safety message into their own homes to teach their families about electrical safety.”