Community: Get Charged! Program
GET READY, GET SET, GET CHARGED! PPCS, a Touchstone Energy cooperative, has partnered with Discovery Channel School to help area middle school students “Get Charged!” about electricity.
Middle schools within PPCS's electrical service area are taking part in a new educational initiative sponsored by Touchstone EnergyCooperatives, in partnership with PPCS and Discovery Channel School, provider of educational materials to schools nationwide.
The Get Charged!Program – which provides basic information about electricity, how it works, its purpose and the role that electric cooperatives play in its delivery – has been provided by PPCS “free of charge” in support of its ongoing commitment to community service.
The program provides a variety of educational tools – including two videos, an interactive CD-ROM, a Teachers Resource Guide, student activity books and other materials – to enhance the schools’ existing core science curriculum.
“We are excited to present these materials to the middle schools within the areas we serve. Many of our members have children that attend these schools, so it is a perfect opportunity for us to provide additional service to our members as well as the entire community,” said Larry Dokkestul, President and CEO of PPCS.
Discovery Channel School products have been developed by the world’s most respected brand for television quality and recognized by leading educational groups for their excellence. Drawing on Discovery’s award-winning programming for much of its content, the curriculum and materials used in the Get Charged!Program were developed specifically by Discovery Channel School for classroom use and complies with National Science Education Standards. The Get Charged!Program represents a first-time partnership for Discovery with a non-educational entity to provide content directly to schools.