Elementary 'Energy Camp': Students learn conservation, efficiency at GYSTC camp
By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
Coweta elementary school students got to learn about energy conservation and various forms of energy at an “energy camp” hosted by Georgia Power and the Georgia Youth Science and Technology Center.
The Coweta camp, one of 11 around the state, was held recently at Thomas Crossroads Elementary School.
Students also kept journals detailing what they learned.
By far the most popular part of the camp was playing with the Van De Graaff generator, which creates static electricity.
“I liked when my hair started to stand up,” said Reese Barker.
“The static electricity was fun, because my hair flew up,” said Michayla Ralich.
“Learning science is really fun for me,” said Theo Krajewski.
On the last day of the camp, the students did crafts including making paper pinwheels to demonstrate wind energy.
The students spent a lot of time learning about tips to conserve energy.
“You can turn off lights, just before you leave,” said Cedrick Sheffield, energy efficiency education coordinator with Georgia Power. “Turn off computers, unplug your chargers. Use the daylight.”
Students then took a “how efficient are you” quiz.
The camp was a “unique and awesome opportunity,” said Monique McMahon of GYSTC.
“The goal is to make sure children have a little scientific knowledge about energy, and energy sources, and make it fun,” McMahon said. “I think we’ve been successful.
“It’s just been a lot of fun,” she added.