Valdosta City School District

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Simple Machines at J.L. Lomax Elementary

Mrs. Denise James, a Georgia Power Learning Power education coordinator, recently went into the fourth graders’ classrooms with hands-on simple machine mystery kits for each pair of students to work with. Students were challenged to work with their partner, using images for guidance to build their own simple machine. They also took a virtual reality field trip to Morgan Falls Hydroelectric Power Plant, where they identified as many simple machines as they could find. The engaging activity gave students a better understanding of the simple machines while also exposing them to engineering and real world opportunities.

According to their website, Learning Power, started by Georgia Power in 2011, “delivers hands-on, STEM-based energy and energy efficiency lessons at all grade-levels, Pre-K through high school. The lessons are developed based upon the Georgia Standards of Excellence, and not only teach students a concept, they also introduce them to STEM careers and future opportunities. The goal of this Learning Power program is to deliver engaging personal connections with science and math, building awareness around careers in the energy industry.