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Electric Camp's 10-year Anniversary Photo Album!

by Mike Buschermohle, Jeff Sowders, George Grandle
This year marked a special highlight for the 4-H Electric camp because we celebrated “10 Years of the Awesome Power of Electricity.” Over the last ten years, the 4-H Electric Camp has offered over 2000 junior high 4-H’ers a special opportunity to improve their knowledge of electricity, energy conservation, alternative energy sources, electronics, computer applications, and electrical safety.

While at camp, 4-H’ers discover the world of electricity by participating in hands-on learning activities. These learning activities are developed and taught by Biosystems Engineering faculty, electric utility personnel and professional people with a background in energy and electricity. These learning activities change from year to year, which gives the program diversity and exposes campers to various aspects of electricity. While the focus of each individual learning activity is different, the overall thrust is to have young 4-H’ers learn by doing, have fun learning and develop important life skills.

One of the highlights of this year’s camp was the electric meter lamp learning center. In this learning center, campers put to use the basic wiring and woodworking skills they learned to construct an electric meter lamp that actually keeps track of the amount of electricity consumed by the lamp. Other activities included learning about how the sun’s energy can be made directly into electricity, what to do in the event they are in an accident and energized power lines are lying on their car, the latest technology in electric vehicles, and how to turn the home they live in from an energy waster to an energy saver.

The camp is a joint venture of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and its statewide member cooperatives, municipal power systems from across the state, TVA and the university's Agricultural Extension Service, and the Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Science Department.

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