Ponca City, OK
Clear
Clear
18°F
 

Power Play



FOURTH GRADERS at Union Elementary School were visited by representatives of Ponca City Energy last week, enjoying presentations of how electricity works in the City's infrastructure and safety concerns inherent in powering our town. In this photo, Electrical Superintendent Aaron Michaud uses a hot dog to show students how squirrels sometimes make contact with pole transformers, which is hard on both equipment and the squirrels. Two brief substation power outages in the prior week had resulted in big loud booms, and the likely demise of animals that had literally misstepped. Ponca City Energy makes a practice of visiting local schools to explain and demonstrate how electricity can help, or hurt.

FOURTH GRADERS at Union Elementary School were visited by representatives of Ponca City Energy last week, enjoying presentations of how electricity works in the City’s infrastructure and safety concerns inherent in powering our town. In this photo, Electrical Superintendent Aaron Michaud uses a hot dog to show students how squirrels sometimes make contact with pole transformers, which is hard on both equipment and the squirrels. Two brief substation power outages in the prior week had resulted in big loud booms, and the likely demise of animals that had literally misstepped. Ponca City Energy makes a practice of visiting local schools to explain and demonstrate how electricity can help, or hurt.

By STEVE DYE

Mid-Week Editor

In the modern era of computer tablets, cell phones, and game consoles, children might not remember what it is to play without power.

Union Street Elementary fourth grade classes received a visit from Ponca City Energy last week, with representatives demonstrating that while electricity might power toys, it

THESE UNION School fourth graders are getting creative in making a closed circuit with teaching apparatus provided by representatives of Ponca City Energy.

THESE UNION School fourth graders are getting creative in making a closed circuit with teaching apparatus provided by representatives of Ponca City Energy.

is certainly nothing to play with.

Accompanied by Administrative Secretary Cindy Heidlage, Electrical Superintendent Aaron Michaud and Supervisor Dennis Knott presented students with a number of interactive activities designed to demonstrate both the wonders and dangers of modern electricity.

“We had a great time, and the students seemed really amused with

PONCA CITY fourth grader Jewels Torres places her fingers strategically on an energy ball to close the circuit, thus making the demonstration toy light up and squeal.

PONCA CITY fourth grader Jewels Torres places her fingers strategically on an energy ball to close the circuit, thus making the demonstration toy light up and squeal.

Dennis and Aaron’s presentations,” says Heidlage. “We try to be entertaining while cautioning the kids that while every preventative measure possible is taken, power lines and poles can still be dangerous.”

Students are encouraged to make a circle, with energy sticks and balls then used to demonstrate the completion of a

MS. SMITH'S fourth grade class at Union Elementary pictured with Ponca City Energy's Electrical Superintendent Aaron Michaud and Supervisor Dennis Knott after a electric safety presentation presented at the school last week.

MS. SMITH’S fourth grade class at Union Elementary pictured with Ponca City Energy’s Electrical Superintendent Aaron Michaud and Supervisor Dennis Knott after a electric safety presentation presented at the school last week.

grounded circuit in one of those demonstrations.

“If someone lets go of hands in the circuit, the energy stick will not light up,” Heidlage explains. “The energy balls are individually used by a student to show what happens when there is a break in the circuit: No lights or noise!”

Michaud

Type Caption Here

Type Caption Here

conducted a presentation of the scaled-down “Electric City” to students, with Knott presenting and explaining safety equipment electrical lineworkers are required to wear to forestall their day to day occupational hazards.

A pair of demonstrations conducted by Michaud — one of which quickly cooked a hot dog to temperature and beyond

MS. REYNOLD'S fourth grade class at Union Elementary pictured with Ponca City Energy's Electrical Superintendent Aaron Michaud and Supervisor Dennis Knott after a electric safety presentation presented at the school last week.

MS. REYNOLD’S fourth grade class at Union Elementary pictured with Ponca City Energy’s Electrical Superintendent Aaron Michaud and Supervisor Dennis Knott after a electric safety presentation presented at the school last week.

— illustrated the dangers presented by wildlife to both Ponca City Energy infrastructure and themselves.

“Everyone should see this one, it’s really something,” says Heidlage. “We had two outages at substations last week, and when a squirrel or other animal makes contact with a pole transformer, it’s hard on equipment — and also, unfortunately, pretty hard on the squirrel as well.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *