ATLANTA, May 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power will once again host hundreds of students across the state for summer camps as part of its year round Learning Power education program. Learning Power provides customized curriculum and materials at no cost to schools with education coordinators presenting STEM-related lessons highlighting energy basics such as simple circuits and energy efficiency, in addition to activities that help students understand how energy is made and distributed. During the 2015-2016 school year, Georgia Power hosted more than 3,200 events in schools reaching more than 80,000 students. Since the program's inception in 2011, the company has hosted more than 14,000 events as part of the program.
"With a hands-on approach and through engaging content, the Learning Power program continues to cultivate fundamental skills in the STEM areas while helping Georgia students learn to be more energy efficient," said Johnna Robinson, community development manager for Georgia Power. "Our education initiatives are also a core piece of our overall community engagement strategy to prepare Georgia for future economic growth by providing students with essential skills that will empower them to be the leaders of tomorrow as part of a highly-skilled Georgia workforce."
The four-day summer camps will be hosted statewide throughout May and June with students already registered from local elementary schools. Camps are currently scheduled in Atlanta, Austell, Dalton, Macon, Savannah and Waynesboro.
When surveyed, 96 percent of teachers believed the curriculum helped them meet the Georgia Performance Standards for science and shared that Learning Power was very effective at educating students about energy efficiency. In addition to classroom programming, the Learning Power program has produced and published four books focused on energy education, including Power Savers – The Adventures of Savvy and Squander; Joining the Watt Squad – The Adventures of Savvy and Squander; Savvy and Squander Learn How to Make and Save Electricity with Dr. E; and Savvy and Squander Saving Energy with Emerald and Dr. E.
In addition to Learning Power summer camps, the company will again join with other leading Georgia companies to sponsor a series of Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) camps this summer at locations across the state including Georgia Power Plants Scherer and Bowen. The camps are designed to introduce young girls to hands-on activities related to the construction industry and careers in that field.
Georgia Power's commitment to education spans its more than 100-year history and is emphasized companywide. The company offers free resources for educators including interactive diagrams, an online energy calculator, access to power plant tours and more. Other efforts to enhance and improve education in Georgia include partnerships with groups such as Junior Achievement and assistance grants for new teachers awarded annually across the state. For more information about Georgia Power's initiatives and programs, visit www.georgiapower.com/education.
About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), one of the nation's largest generators of electricity. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, 21st century coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower) and Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower).
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