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New Richmond Utilities sponsors multiple learning opportunities for area students

New Richmond, March 8, 2011 – New Richmond Utilities delivered several interactive presentations to local students that explained and demonstrated the functions of the utility while encouraging hands-on learning and active participation. The presentations educated local students about electricity delivery and safety.

One such activity, “PowerTown,” was used to educate second grade students in New Richmond about the hazards of power lines and safe electrical practices. PowerTown is an eight-foot electrical safety model that demonstrates the dangerous effects of contact with overhead power lines, transformers, downed overhead power lines and more. With the crackle of a high voltage electrical arc, the PowerTown presentation makes a lasting impression to reinforce electrical safety messages while miniature homes, people, cars and low-level electrical currents visually demonstrate hazards. The program also included a 10 minute “Louie the Lightning Bug” video that focused on electrical use and safety.

Another activity educated fourth grade students about energy use through a bicycle in a “Pedal Power” demonstration. Students rode the Pedal Power bicycle and learned the amount of energy it would take to power a light bulb, radio, fan and more. Pedaling became increasingly more difficult as additional electrical loads were added, teaching students that it takes a lot less energy to light a fluorescent light bulb than it does an incandescent light bulb.

“New Richmond Utilities continues to support the development and implementation of energy education programs for our students, as it is our goal to educate the next generation of energy users and allow them to experience and understand energy-saving principles in action,” said Beth Thompson, Utility Customer Service Representative.

For more information, contact New Richmond Utilities at (715) 246-4167.

Another activity educated fourth grade students about energy use through a bicycle in a “Pedal Power” demonstration. Students rode the Pedal Power bicycle and learned the amount of energy it would take to power a light bulb, radio, fan and more. Pedaling became increasingly more difficult as additional electrical loads were added, teaching students that it takes a lot less energy to light a fluorescent light bulb than it does an incandescent light bulb.

“New Richmond Utilities continues to support the development and implementation of energy education programs for our students, as it is our goal to educate the next generation of energy users and allow them to experience and understand energy-saving principles in action,” said Beth Thompson, Utility Customer Service Representative.

For more information, contact New Richmond Utilities at (715) 246-4167.