TVA and Local Power Companies Present Energy Month in April
April 1, 2014
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority is partnering with local power companies and five science museums across Tennessee to offer TVA Energy Month in April.
Special activities, demonstrations and hands-on events are planned for children and adults ̶ programs and schedules will vary between institutions ̶ that explore how energy is created and how it is used in our daily lives.
TVA and local power companies are sponsoring Energy Month at the five museums that make up The Science Alliance of Tennessee:
- Adventure Science Center in Nashville
- Hands On! Regional Museum in Johnson City
- East Tennessee Discovery Center/The MUSE in Knoxville
- Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga
- Pink Palace Family of Museums in Memphis.
Energy Month kicks off Tuesday with an event at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville to learn how linemen inspect transmission lines to keep the power on, featuring a Nashville Electric Service bucket truck. Events will continue at each museum.
“This is an opportunity for families to learn more about electricity in a fun environment and to show young people how essential science can be in our everyday lives,” said Gail Rymer, director of TVA Public Relations.
Other activities include a Family Fun Day on April 12 at The MUSE that includes performances of the “Dr. Energy Show;” a daily show at the Creative Discovery Museum exploring how energy works and how energy transfers with a Magneto Generator and a Tesla Coil; and daily “Get Energized” fun experiments in alternative and renewable energy at the Hands On! Regional Museum. See websites for times and schedules.
“Thanks to TVA’s support, we look forward to reaching thousands of students and families with engaging, hands-on activities that explore energy in all its forms,” said Henry Schulson with the Science Alliance. “We greatly appreciate TVA’s commitment to science education and to providing our visitors with opportunities to take advantage of our dynamic and exciting programs and exhibits.”
TVA is offering Energy Month in support of educational activities focused on the national STEM model that emphases science, technology, engineering and math.
For additional information about energy in kid-friendly terms, visit www.tvakids.com.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.