Middle school students learn at an electrifying summer camp

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- As the heat rises outside, plenty of us are blasting our air conditioners inside to stay cool. We don't think much about it but behind all that cool air is a lot of electricity, something that kids are learning about at UT this week.

While electricity is part of our lives everyday it can be dangerous; that's why nearly 300 kids from around the state are taking part in the 4-H Electric Camp.

They are learning how electricity works from electric professionals that work with it everyday, through different "hands on" activities and demonstrations.

Todd Blocker of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association said "We have different stations set up around the campus. One station is for kids to learn how to make a battery tester and another station lets kids try on the safety equipment that professionals use everyday."

It's a summer program that Chole Smith from Steward County and her friends have found to be interesting.

"You get to meet a lot of new friends and learn about things that you really wouldn't expect" said Chole.

Things like what it looks and sounds like when a power line transformer blows up when a small animal hops onto the power line.

"There's this loud BANG and sparks fly everywhere. It made me jump at first because I didn't expect it to sound like that." said Chole.

It's also a program that will help Chole learn a thing or two about her future career.

"I want to be a science teacher and being here helps me understand how electricity works. I've also seen how the teachers show us how to build things which will help me learn how to teach people in the future." said Chole.

Not only do the kids learn how electricity works but how to handle it safely.

Todd said "Our big push is to show these kids that electricity is a good thing but it's something that needs to be handled with care because it is dangerous."

The kids will wrap up the week learning about conservation and renewable energy. They'll even get a chance to explore an electric car and test their driving skills with a electric golf cart.

Middle School Students learn at an Electrifying Summer Camp


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