Three hundred rising 7th and 8th graders attended the annual 4-H Electric Camp held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, during the week of June 24-27.
This year, the 4-H Electric Camp included six exciting learning sessions where participants learned about, and explored, the world of energy, electricity and the basic sciences. Statewide electric utility employees, including Fayetteville Public Utilities’ Ron Thomas, taught the learning centers.
In the learning sessions, campers learned how motors convert electricity into energy to operate electric motors and vehicles. They learned how electromagnetism makes the motor turn and applied that new knowledge by making their own small-scale electric motor.
They learned about direct current and how it is used to propel electric vehicles. Campers also tested their driving skills by maneuvering electric golf carts through an obstacle course at the university.
In the solar energy activity, campers learned how the sun is used to power things that they use every day. They also learned how to conserve energy in their homes to help lower monthly utility costs and to conserve our natural resources.
Camp participants used lamp kits and electric insulators to create the long-standing camp favorite – electric lamps, which they took home as unique souvenirs.
No electric-sponsored event is complete without an electric safety demonstration. The high-voltage demonstration taught campers how to use electricity safely and how to use caution around overhead power lines.
“Electric camp is a great way to help our youth understand what electricity is and how it works,” says Thomas.
The 4-H Electric Camp is a joint venture of The University of Tennessee Extension; Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and its statewide member cooperatives; Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association and its statewide municipal power systems; and the Tennessee Valley Authority.