Energy and Safety Education
At Waupun Utilities, we believe that nothing is as important to the future of the community as our young citizens. We pride ourselves on our commitment to energy and safety education in Waupun.
Whether it’s through the classroom or the community, we strive to provide a strong network of information to further educate community members about electric and water subjects and how it relates to customers both young and old.
As parts of our ongoing educational efforts, Waupun Utilities provides educational materials and presentations to schools, service groups and seniors. We also provide teaching units, videos, publications and workshops to interested groups all year long. For additional information on educational opportunities, contact Nancy Oosterhouse at 920-324-7920.
The following are just a few examples of our energy and safety education tools.
Energize Your Library Partnership
The Energize Your Library Partnership program provides an opportunity for the utility to build a valuable educational relationship with the local library. Through this partnership, the utility works with the library to identify and to purchase beneficial energy-related resources and materials to help the community’s patrons learn about related topics.
The Energy Cycle is a bicycle-powered generator that teaches basic scientific concepts related to the conversion of energy from one form to another and its efficient use for lighting, heating, and transportation. These concepts become tangible as the cyclist literally feels the effort required to light a bulb, heat water, or spin a motor.
The utility provides scholarships for local teachers to attend KEEP — the statewide K-12 Energy Education Program. KEEP is a 16-hour in-service that helps teachers integrate hands-on energy education activities into their classrooms. The program also demonstrates how teachers can use energy education to ensure that their students meet Wisconsin academic standards.
KEEP makes the sometimes-intimidating topic of energy understandable to students of all ages. Second graders can learn about the coal mining process as they “find resources” in chocolate chip cookies. Middle school students can experiment with properties of motors by modeling an electric motor. High school students can discuss “energy futures” by studying energy trends and new technologies.
The eight-foot power TOWN educational model makes a lasting impression at safety presentations. The crackle of a high voltage electrical arc reinforces electrical safety messages that school-age audiences will not soon forget. This realistic tool demonstrates the effects of:
- Contacting overhead lines by an antenna
- Contacting overhead lines by a kite
- Contacting overhead lines by a metal pipe
- Contacting overhead lines by a tree
- Contacting a padmount transformer
- Energizing a vehicle by a downed overhead line
- Energizing a metal fence by a downed overhead line
- Exploding a pole mount transformer
- Contacting substation transformers
- Contacting overhead line with a sailboat mast
- Contacting underground power cable with a backhoe
- "Call Before You Dig"
National Theatre for Children
Each year, the utility sponsors live theatre shows presented by the Minneapolis-based National Theatre for Children! (NTC). NTC tours the United States presenting lively, interactive educational shows. NTC dedicates itself to educating young people on important and timely energy-related topics. Coined with printed curriculum materials and teacher guides, their imaginative and customized presentations effectively reach the students, teachers and parents.
Students from Grades K-5 enjoyed the "Feeblejuice and the Electrician Magician" performance sponsored by Waupun Utilities.
The performances included humorous and dramatic characters such as Kyle O'Watt, Jenny Rator and Feeblejuice.
Great tips were delivered on what electricity provides, how to be safe around electricity and conserve energy.
At right: Feeblejuice finds the solution to the electric mystery in the magic book.