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    Energy Education In Schools

    We are offering free classroom presentations to all fifth-grade teachers within our service territory. Our staff strives to create understanding of energy topics using science concepts that generate excitement for students.

    Teachers can select from the two presentation topics listed below. Each presentation will last approximately 1 hour and includes a hands-on activity for the students. A teacher may choose to have one or both presentations.

    • Debbie Schools PresentationRenewable Hydropower - During this presentation, students will learn about atoms and how they relate to electricity. They'll be given an easy-to-understand explanation of how hydropower is produced at dams and why it is a valuable renewable energy resource. Students will be put into 5 teams to build small turbines using various materials. They will then test the turbines by pouring water over them to see which is most effective in producing electricity.
    • Electricity Science and Safety - In the first half of this presentation, students will learn what electricity is, where it comes from and how it travels to us. They will be put into 8 teams to construct simple circuits using batteries and light bulbs. They will gain an understanding of closed and open circuits, and insulators and conductors. The second half will focus on how to stay safe around electricity both in and outdoors. Our electrical safety display will be used to educate students on hazardous electrical situations outside and how to prevent them. The crackle of high voltage electrical arcs will reinforce the safety messages we want them to learn and share with their families. 

    Teacher Feedback

    Here are some comments we received from teachers who had these presentations done in their classrooms: 
    • "I am very happy that they came to visit. Will schedule next year for sure!"
    • "Loved it! The kids were so excited!"
    • "Thank you so much for this awesome experience!"
    • "The presenters kept the students engaged with questions and they loved the safety demonstration."
    • "Very fun and engaging, challenging enough, and loved the hands-on!"
    • "The Renewable Hydropower presentation was a perfect way for us to understand how the turbines at Bonneville work." 

    Request a Presentation

    Presentations can be given on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. To request a classroom presentation, please submit the information below at least four weeks in advance of when you would like the presentation to be given. If you have additional questions about classroom presentations, please contact our Energy Experts at (503) 366-5470 or

    Type of Presentation Requested
    Classroom Resources from BPA

    Watch the Value of the River video series

    Tour a hydroelectric dam or the BPA Lab

    Request a classroom presentation from BPA

    Learn about the BPA Regional Science Bowl