Electric cooperatives bring “Co-ops in the Classroom”

Bryce Larson and Randy Bitterman utilize the generator and static electricity to show how electricity will use the human body as a conductor.

Bryce Larson and Randy Bitterman utilize the generator and static electricity to show how electricity will use the human body as a conductor.

What do socks, light bulbs and bicycles have in common? All these materials are being used to teach nearly 700 fourth and fifth grade students in schools throughout Central Electric Cooperative’s service territory about electricity.
Co-ops in the Classroom is a program offered by Central Electric’s wholesale power provider, East River Electric Power Cooperative. Jenny Gross, Communications Coordinator for East River, travels throughout East River’s service territory in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota to teach children about electrical safety, generation, conservation and economics.
In the past week, Gross visited several schools in Central Electric’s service territory, including Gertie Belle Rogers, John Paul II, Mitchell Christian, Plankinton, Mount Vernon, Sanborn Central, Corsica-Stickney, Wessington Springs, Bridgewater-Emery, and Howard.
During the course of the hour-long presentations, Gross took the students on the journey of electricity at the atomic level, all the way to the hundreds of miles it travels from the power plant to our homes.

…Read more and see more pictures in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

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