Do your students know where electricity comes from in B.C. and why energy conservation is so important?
Our friend and colleague Dave teamed up with the Canadian Electricity Association to find out what kids in B.C. know about electricity. Dave interviewed six kids from the Lower Mainland, the Interior and the Kootenays including: Evelyn (age six), Kiera (age eight), Shea (age nine), Mira (age ten), Lachlan (age eleven), and Rhys (age eleven). Dave asked all six kids if they know how we create electricity in B.C. and turns out that all of them know that we use water to create electricity. Pretty impressive that they know B.C. is powered by water.
Dave was also curious to hear what these kids had learned about ways to make smart energy choices and save energy at home and at school. Here’s a few tips they shared:
Turn off the lights when you’re done using them
Close the fridge after you’ve gotten a snack
Turn off the heat when you don’t need it
Use natural light instead of turning on the light
“Imagine if everybody across B.C. took those small steps [to save electricity]. That could make a big difference,” Dave concluded. Rhys knows this to be true and shared that it’s important to save electricity for future generations to use. We all need to do our part to care for the environment. This means taking steps to save energy when we’re at home, and at school. This could be as easy as hanging our clothes to dry at home or using natural light in our classroom at school.
For curriculum-aligned activities that explore where electricity comes from in B.C. and ways to save energy at home and school, check out these activities with your students.
Also, be sure to visit our Conservation Hub. It has lots of great power smart tips, videos and educational resources.
Activities that explore how we make electricity in B.C.: