Counties Power launches school programme for local kids

Larissa Allport

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 Year 5 students  and above. It is available to every school in the area between southern Papakura and Mercer, to the west of the Waikato River to Waikaretu.

Counties Power Acting Chief Executive Corporate Andrew Toop says the programme’s aim is to teach children how electricity works and, most importantly, how to stay safe around it.

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 includes a teacher’s resource card, along with important electrical safety messages for students to take home. It teaches them about electricity dangers inside and outside the home.

Waiau Pa School Principal Simon Williams says the kits are 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 lesson can be adapted to fit in with other topics and given it’s localised and uses locations our children are familiar with and feel an affiliation to, it’s really relevant to them and helps with learning outcomes.”

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