Energy for Learning

PowerSouth realizes the importance of energy education in the communities we serve. Throughout the PowerSouth system our distribution members offer a variety of education programs for all ages. For programs specific to your service area, contact your local electric cooperative.

Cooperative Critters

Cooperative Critters is a hands-on program designed to enhance classroom education about native reptiles and amphibians. It teaches students about the differences between reptiles and amphibians and their niche in Alabama’s and northwest Florida’s environments. The role of the student, school and electric cooperative as environmental stewards is discussed.

The program, aimed toward third- and fourth-grade students, includes an educational show-and-tell during which children have the opportunity to touch and hold the critters. The animals used during shows include several species of non-venomous snakes, lizards, turtles, toads, frogs and salamanders.

For additional information about Cooperative Critters, please contact your local electric cooperative.

Safety City

Safety City is designed to teach elementary-aged students about electricity, energy preservation, electrical safety, and how electricity travels from PowerSouth’s power generation facilities to homes and schools. Because students are constantly exposed to the many benefits and potential dangers of electrical power, the goal of the Safety City program is to help students better understand how electricity provides an improved way of life and the dangers of electricity when used improperly.

Children learn about safety and the dangers of electricity through the adventures of “Neon Leon” and “Lightnin’ Liz.” As the two characters face dangerous situations, cooperative representatives discuss how to handle each situation. At the end of each program, students have an opportunity to ask questions pertaining to electricity and electrical safety.

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The Van de Graaff Generator

The Van de Graaff Generator – better known as “the thing that makes your hair stand up” – is used to teach children about static electricity, atoms, the atomic nucleus, electrons, neutrons and protons through hands-on experience. The generator, which looks like a big aluminum ball mounted on a pedestal, interests children because of its affect when used.

American physicist Robert Jemison Van de Graaff invented the Van de Graaff generator in 1931 for supplying high energy for early particle accelerators. A corresponding lesson can be brought to classrooms, public libraries or other community-based group gatherings.


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RiverWorks Discovery was developed by AEP River Operations and has been supported by over 35 funding partners in the river industry, including PowerSouth Energy Cooperative. It is a national outreach education effort of the National River Center & Hall of Fame located at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium designed to recognize the role our rivers have played and will continue to play in our nation's future. The mission of Riverworks Discovery is to educate children and their families about the commerce, culture and conservation of the great rivers of America and their watersheds.

To find out more, visit the RiverWorks Discovery website.



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