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Kids Generate Fun and Power at Asset Carnival

On Saturday, October 21, 2006, New Richmond Utilities had a booth at the Kids Asset Carnival to promote the 40 Developmental Assets for Children. With the theme, “Commitment to Learning” the kids were able to ride the “Pedal Power” bike that was provided by our power supplier Wisconsin Public Power Inc.

Pedal Power showed the kids how much energy it would take to light a light bulb and other fun things like a radio and a fan. The pedaling becomes increasingly difficult as more electrical loads are added. The kids learned that it takes a lot less energy to light a fluorescent light bulb than it does to light an incandescent light bulb. In addition, on display was a model generator to show how magnets and wire are used to generate electricity and light a small bulb.

This was a great day for the kids, and New Richmond Utilities really enjoyed teaching them about how electricity is produced and why energy conservation is important.