4-H Electric Camp hosts 300 students on UT's campus

4-H Electric Camp hosts 300 students on UT's campus

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4-H Electric Camp is hosted by UT, 4-H, TVA and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. 4-H Electric Camp is hosted by UT, 4-H, TVA and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.
The camp is set up in six different learning centers, in which the students are being taught by power company professionals. The camp is set up in six different learning centers, in which the students are being taught by power company professionals.
Knoxville, TN - By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - 4-H Electric Camp has brought nearly 300 students from across the state to Knoxville this week.

Held for the 23rd year in a row on the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture Campus, the seventh and eighth graders are learning all about electricity, energy, and most importantly, electric safety.

4-H Electric Camp is hosted by UT, 4-H, TVA and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

"It's awesome,” said student Austin Powell, a seventh grader from Cannon County.

The camp is set up in six different learning centers, in which the students are being taught by power company professionals.

The students are able to take part in hands on activities at each of the learning centers.

"I'm really excited to learn about the currents and the power lines,” said Mattie Denny, a 7th grade student from Marion County.

"When you do something yourself, you learn more about it than if someone just actually just shows you so it's all hands on learning,” said Todd Blocker of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

At one station, the students got to build an electric motor, get up close and personal with electric cars, even drive electric golf carts.

At another, they’re learning all about safety around high voltage power lines.

Arguably one of the student-favorite stations, it's also one of the most important.

"Safety. Safety is the number one concern,” said Blocker.

Workers demonstrate just how powerful those lines truly are, giving the students tips on how they can stay safe.

"If you see a downed power line or anything out there with electricity, just stay away and call your local utility. We're hoping to save a life,” said Blocker.

"It’s really important because you want everyone to be safe around electrical power,” said Powell.

"I know where I live, there are tons of power lines. Don't go up and touch the power line,” said Denny.

Students are also learning about solar energy and home energy conservation as part of the camp

They were even able to build their own electric lamp that they get to take home with them.

4-H Electric Camp continues through Friday, June 27.

For more information on the camp, visit the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association website.

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