PES Grade 4 student Sadie Clark takes a look at one of the modules Tuesday

PES Grade 4 student Sadie Clark takes a look at one of the modules Tuesday

ATCO Education Mobile popular among PES students

Students at Ponoka Elementary School (PES) had fun last week with an educational mobile unit sponsored by ATCO Energy.

Students at Ponoka Elementary School (PES) had fun last week with an educational mobile unit sponsored by ATCO Energy.

The ATCO Energy Education Mobile made a stop at PES Tuesday, April 21 to help Grade 4s understand the importance of being safe around electricity and other energy tips.

The unit follows the Grade 4 curriculum and is in its fifth year of operations, explained Mark Antonuk, manager of ATCO Energy Sense. “It was developed in consultation with the Alberta teachers to align with their Grade 4 curriculum in Alberta.

Students went through four modules in the mobile unit:

• The Alberta energy landscape: This module gives students an overview of the energy resources in the province.

• Electricity: using it wisely: This module shows proper uses of electricity and how to reduce energy consumption.

• Heat and keeping the heat in: Antonuk says this unit gives students a better idea of how to reduce heat loss and save money.

• Detective: this module reinforces lessons learned from the first three.

Antonuk said more than 17,000 students have seen the unit and more than 40,000 people have seen it at different community events. He says the other benefit of the mobile unit is it creates discussion. Students pass on their learning to their parents and families.