Our Franklin school children will be safer and smarter with electricity thanks to a new school programme launched in September 2017.
The Counties Power Electric City School Programme is a tactile electricity experiment aimed at Year 5 and up students and available to every school in the area.
The programme’s aim is to teach children how electricity works and, most importantly, how to stay safe around it.
Once children learn how electricity works, they can understand how circuits are created and make smart choices in daily life and in emergency situations. New Zealand primary schools can always benefit from additional science and experiment resources so a major focus of ours was also on supplying a high value interactive experiment that all the class could have hands on learning with, while also teaching important safety messages.
The programme consists of a large ‘paper circuitry’ map designed to reflect local Franklin and southern Counties icons and sites, from the lighthouse at Manukau Heads to Pukekohe Town Square’s Christmas Tree, the Kaiaua Fish and Chip Shop and the Tuakau Bridge. The map also includes Counties Power’s sponsorship partners, including Counties Manukau Rugby’s Ecolight Stadium and Coastguard Waiuku.
Using the supplied circuitry components, including silver pens, copper tape, batteries and LED lights, children learn how to make electrical circuits and light up the locations on the map. The kit also includes a teacher’s resource card, along with important electrical safety messages for students to take home that teaches them about electricity dangers inside the home and out and about.
The kits have been offered to every primary school in the Counties Power network area.