A POWER-ful Campaign

What was your driving question?

How can we as students create an informative and engaging campaign for Public Power Week?

Grades Involved

5-6

How did this project connect to your l

ocal or regional community?

Students worked closely with city utilities and Energy, as well as visited the local solar farm. The campaign they created informed our school community about Public Power Week and the importance of clean energy sources. Students learned the value and definition of public power.

What PBE principles were highlighted in this project?

Project Description

Glenwood 5th and 6th-grade students had a yummy start – creating a solar oven to cook s’mores and understand the idea of solar energy. Simultaneously, students studied and brainstormed elements of effective promotional/advertising campaigns. As students explored scientific energy and electricity concepts, they also applied creative and artistic thinking to creating their own campaign for their peers. Students worked side by side with a clean energy company, Energy, to study the city’s new solar farm and learn more about Public Power Week. They spoke with a solar engineer and learned all of the mathematical and logistical planning behind creating and running a solar farm. Pulling everything together, students created campaign materials to inform their peers and school community members of the importance of public utility services.

How did this positively impact the community? How was it shared?

Students made a positive impact on their community by informing their peers and school through campaign materials about Public Power Week and its meaning. Students provided several means of material including morning announcements, meaningful “spirit days”, and banners in the halls. Additionally, their efforts were highlighted in the local paper and on social media.

Reflection: What was the biggest challenge? What was the most rewarding aspect of this project?

The biggest challenges of this project were helping students understand the important qualities of a successful campaign and completing a successful campaign on time. The most rewarding aspects were our students’ efforts being recognized outside of our school, as well as watching their partnership/engagement with community members.

Any advice for a teacher or student that is implementing a PBE project for the first time?

“Prepare for incredible and messy learning!”
“Sometimes, students have the best ideas and projects may take an unexpected turn. That’s ok!”

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