As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the school year, Georgia Power’s new Learning Power app offers beleaguered parents interactive lessons in STEM subjects that their “students” can apply in the real world.
Since its 2011 debut, Learning Power, Georgia Power’s premier education program, has touched more than 750,000 students throughout Georgia by using education coordinators to teach STEM-based energy and efficiency lessons to augment regular class assignments. Teachers and schools can access Learning Power’s programs, lesson plans, and activities for free.
As its website states, Learning Power “strives to contribute to student’s academic achievement, educate students on energy efficiency in school and at home, and build awareness around careers in the energy industry.”
The mobile game app supports Learning Power’s STEM-based classroom lessons in compliance with the Georgia Standards of Excellence. The app offers grade-appropriate games (ranging from pre-kindergarten through high school) that help kids build cooled-down clubhouses tailor-made for ice cream parties, harness the solar power necessary to keep their cell phones charged, and more.
The Learning Power website also includes lesson plans that can help kids discern the difference between kinetic energy and potential energy, figure out how home energy usage affects cost, identify simple machines, and other subjects.
“We are dedicated to improving and strengthening educational initiatives to help Georgia students build brighter futures,” said Joseph Lillyblad, Georgia Power education and workforce development manager. “The launch of the Learning Power mobile game app provides an educational resource that focuses on enriching the student experience, while also providing educators and parents with interactive tools to engage their students during this time of home-based learning.”
Learning Power is not Georgia Power’s only education effort. Via the Georgia Power Foundation, the company has raised more than $6 million to fund STEM-related education initiatives throughout the state.
“These efforts not only focus on advancing the student experience, but also providing educators with the tools necessary to motivate their students,” Georgia Power’s website states. “Through these programs we hope to influence generations of students to think critically and to be excited about careers in science and technology – after all, it’s the passionate, educated and driven students of today that become the bright minds of our state’s workforce tomorrow.”
Parents can download the free app from the Apple Store and Google Play.