A powerful day for North St. Paul fourth-graders


These Webster fourth graders showed they can get silly in a group photo, which was taken after they learned about electricity at the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency’s Faribault Energy Park. submitted photo

Fourth graders from North St. Paul engaged in a real-world learning experience while touring the Minnesota Municipal Power Agency’s Faribault Energy Park in May. MMPA, the wholesale power supplier for the City of North St. Paul, hosted students from Cowern and Webster Elementary Schools at the electric generation facility as part of the agency’s energy education program. 

The event, specially designed to integrate into Minnesota’s fourth grade science standards, uses interactive educational stations to teach students how electricity is generated from multiple sources including natural gas, wind and solar, as well as how it is transmitted and used. Among the many interactive activities, student volunteers served as “student-fueled power plants” and used a bike-generator to better understand electricity generation and the importance of energy conservation.

 

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