|Hi, everyone! It’s Kristen Wearbon, UT Extension Intern. This summer, I am spending 10 weeks working in the State 4-H Office, focusing on curriculum development with Daniel Collins and Lynne Middleton.|
When most people think of curriculum, they likely think of textbooks and paper worksheets issued to students sitting in neat rows of desks in a classroom.
However, 4-H Electric Camp brings a different type of curriculum to the table. In June, nearly 200 students spent a week on the UT campus in Knoxville, participating in lessons on various topics related to electricity. 4-H members took part in hands-on activities and actively engaged in workshop sessions that helped reinforce everything they were learning.
I attended day 3 of the camp, Electric Safety. Tennessee Utilities Board personnel set up demonstrations around the campus for the youth. The local Knoxville Electric personnel had a live powerline present and presented a lesson on how electricity flows, the dangers of electricity, and how to be safe if ever near a live wire. The lesson was accompanied by a dump truck, Spiderman action figure, and a hot dog.
The demonstrations were very cool! If I had STEM lessons that were as engaging and interactive as Electric Camp when I was younger, I may have gotten more involved in STEM activities. It was also great hearing the questions 4-H’ers asked at the end of the demonstration. I could tell they were paying attention and genuinely interested in the science behind electricity. I think 4-H’ers left Electric Camp with tangible tips on how to stay safe if they encounter a downed power line and a new respect for line workers.
For more information on Electric Camp for future 4-H members, please contact Daniel Collins at Dcolli38@utk.edu. For information or questions regarding curriculum, please contact Lynne Middleton at Lmiddle2@utk.edu.