FEM Elementary School Program
FEM Electric's board and staff has made education youth a priority. Since 2009 we have visited our area schools and colonies three times a year with a program that is designed targeting third and fifth graders.
This program reaches 260 students at the six schools (Faulkton, Ipswich Public with Holy Cross, Edmunds Central, Bowdle, Leola, and Eureka) and eleven colonies (Spring Creek, Grassland, Deerfield, Plainsview, Long Lake, Pembrook, Evergreen, Thunderbird, Brentwood, Boulder and Blumengard).
We target third and fifth graders emphasizing on topics like purpose and composition of an electric cooperative, benefits of a cooperative, sources of generated power, renewable power, green communities, responsible use of power, farm safety, career opportunities and parallel and series circuits.
Any adult would be overwhelmed with some of these topics, but these students take it all in. In the hour that we have these students’ undivided attention, we feed them with facts and lessons using a power point and hands on displays like lighting a fluorescent tube light bulb with a static ball and using a hand crank generator to light up CFL and incandescent light bulbs. Our presentation keeps the kids on edge the whole time soaking it all in and eager to participate.