Coun­ties Power’s bright pro­gramme

Franklin County News - - MONEY -

School chil­dren in Franklin will be safer and smarter with elec­tric­ity thanks to a new school pro­gramme launched by lo­cal lines com­pany Coun­ties Power.

The Coun­ties Power School Pro­gramme is a tac­tile elec­tric­ity ex­per­i­ment aimed at stu­dents, year 5 and above, avail­able to ev­ery school in the area.

Coun­ties Power act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive cor­po­rate Andrew Toop said 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 ... 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.

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.

Wa­iau Pa School prin­ci­pal Si­mon Wil­liams said the kits were an in­no­va­tive and fun way to teach an im­por­tant sci­ence topic to chil­dren.

‘‘This is a won­der­ful re­source to teach stu­dents how elec­tric­ity works, with a fully sup­plied kit our teach­ers can just pick up and teach from.’’

The kits have been of­fered to ev­ery pri­mary school in the Coun­ties Power net­work area which runs coast to coast be­tween south­ern Pa­pakura and Mercer, and west of the Waikato River to Waikaretu.

Sa­man­tha Whit­ting­ton-Slater, left, and Lisa Kriletich of Wa­iau Pa School en­joyed the Coun­ties Power school pro­gramme.

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