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Learn at home with Power Smart for Schools

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BC Hydro's Power Smart for Schools program offers online access to a variety of age-appropriate and curriculum-based activities.

With schools closed and kids at home, we're here to help

Keep your kids learning, thinking and growing with Power Smart for Schools, our online hub of energy-focused education resources. We have more than 80 free, curriculum-aligned activities for K to 12 students.

Whether you're a seasoned teacher or a parent helping your child learn, each activity comes with easy-to-follow instructions and can be adapted to your current teaching environment, at home or in the class. Here are four popular activities that are easy to do at home.

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Energy stretch: K to Grade 2

Kids follow along with a fun video to learn how we use the power of water to make electricity. Think about electricity in your own home, then draw pictures of ways to save electricity.
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Marble run challenge: Grade 4

Explore potential and kinetic energy by building a marble run using scrap materials at home. Can your kids (and you) predict what will make a marble go further?
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Power's out! Surviving three days without electricity: Grade 6 to 7

Learn what to do before, during and after a power outage, which can happen at any time. Brainstorm what life would be like without power for up to three days. Remember that in a power outage, you may be left without heat, light, hot water and the ability to use or charge electronic devices.
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Home energy detectives: Grade 9

Investigate how much electricity is being used around your house. Get your kid(s) to perform a small home electricity audit over three days then analyze the results thinking of ways to conserve energy at home.
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Get dozens of more ideas at Power Smart for Schools

Need more ideas? Explore our entire online library of activities at Power Smart for Schools.