Georgia Power launches interactive video series to cover STEM energy topics at home

Georgia Power | July 24, 2020

For parents looking for new ways to help keep children learning while outside of the classroom this summer, Georgia Power's education team has created a series of interactive videos that allow students to discover science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through activities at home. The videos cover a variety of STEM energy topics with hands-on activities requiring only a few basic supplies, most of which can be found around the house. "These videos are another way to engage students at home to explore STEM concepts," said Lisa Olens, Georgia Power Education Manager. "The activities are designed to help make it exciting and fun for students to learn about the transformation of energy by building a balloon rocket or learn about solar energy by making s'mores in a simple sun-powered oven. There are many other topics and we hope students, parents and educators will find these videos helpful as they look for fun educational activities that can be done from home." Learning Power, Georgia Power's signature education program, is proud to partner with Georgia educators to electrify classrooms with lessons on energy and energy efficiency. Since its inception in 2011, Learning Power has engaged 790,000+ students across Georgia.

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iMocha | September 13, 2022

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New Training Program Uses Virtual Reality Simulations to Address the Electrical Construction Skills Shortage

Transfr | September 23, 2022

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XLerateHealth, University of Kentucky to Expand Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Programming via Digital Learning Platform

XLerateHealth | August 18, 2022

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Perspectus | September 17, 2022

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Struggling schools, along with the many local and state efforts to improve them, are nothing new. But the challenge to make dramatic and sustainable improvements in our lowest performing preK-12 schools first gained national attention in 2001 with the advent of No Child Left Behind and its restructuring mandate. In 2009, the Obama administration then extended that challenge, making rapid and significant school improvement, commonly referred to as school turnaround, a top priority under the U.S. Department of Education’s School Improvement Program and its Elementary and Secondary Education.

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