A hands-on electricity education curriculum tailored to satisfy state education requirements at each level. We have experiments on magnetism, conductivity and insulation, circuits, generator motors, and more. This program can be interdisciplinary and works great in conjunction with math, history, and business classes. Current curriculum is designed for K-5th grade. You can request a Get Charged! Kit for your classroom below. Please allow a three week lead on all requests.
We teach the importance of staying safe around electricity. They go over indoor and outdoor safety, how electricity works—including generation and fuel sources, and storm safety. During the presentation students get to handle actual safety gear used by linemen. We will discuss conductors and insulators and identify different materials as such. Please allow a three week lead on all requests.
We present the idea and guiding principles of this democratic form of business known as cooperative. Workshops have a mix of discussion, group work and interactive elements. Teams must successfully navigate these situations while keeping in mind not only the bottom line, but also democratic member control via the board of directors and make decisions affecting members and employees alike. Please allow a three week lead on all requests.
Electrical safety is top priority for OEC employees and top priority for our educational programs. Live Line high voltage lessons are catered to every age group from elementary to professional groups like first responders. We train fire and police departments as well as all ages of school groups on how electricity works concentrating on safety, how fuses work, voltage, and the basics of power line design. We present safe electricity practices with a fully functional and interactive trailer–complete with energy arcs, a hot dog demonstration, and engaging content. All requests are pending weather conditions as inclement weather (and the restoration of power) must take precedent. Please allow a three week lead on all requests.
Applicants will submit an essay or written speech on the topic outlined below. Eight applicants will be selected as finalists to progress in the contest. Four of the eight finalists will be chosen as “Youth Tourians” at the Mon., Feb. 22 event. The other four finalists will have the opportunity to attend RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Leadership Camp at Goddard Youth Camp.
Over 80 years ago, America’s farmers and rural citizens joined together to bring electricity to their communities — communities which the for-profit companies refused to serve. As a result, they improved the quality of life for rural Americans by satisfying an unmet need. Today, co-ops of all kinds bring that same spirit of purpose and cooperation to the changing needs of a new generation both rural and urban.
How would you use co-op principles to satisfy a need in your community? Convince the audience to join your endeavor.
https://www.facebook.com/OklaElec Contest resources, updates, reminders, and more will be posted on OEC’s Facebook page. Look for co-op business model examples.
Co-ops 101: An Introduction to Cooperatives provides a comprehensive summary of basic information on the cooperative way of organizing and operating a business. It covers the nature and extent of the use of cooperatives, compares cooperatives to other business structures, explains the various roles employees and members play within the co-op, and more. This is a publication of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
www.electric.coop America’s Electric Cooperatives / National Rural Electric Cooperative Association / Search for “Youth Tour” using the website’s search option to find videos of past tours, speeches from Youth Leadership Council members, and more.
USDA Rural Development Rural Business-Cooperative Service houses a library of more than 150 co-op publications ranging from basic co-op primers, such as “Co-ops 101,” to in-depth reports on technical topics, to reports that focus on co-op economic theory, such as “The Nature of the Cooperative.” To access these publications, please see Publications for Cooperatives.
www.strongertogether.coop National Co+op Grocers (NCG)
www.ncba.coop National Cooperative Business Association
www.co-opcreditunions.org About Credit Unions
https://nwithey.wixsite.com/oklahomayouthtour Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Youth Tour details
In this contest, you are being judged on your power of persuasion–first in writing and then in oration. You need to convince us (the audience) that your co-op will satisfy an unmet need or solve a problem that no other group or company will solve. You may need to convince us that the “unmet need or problem” is something we should care about. Making a connection with your audience is vital for the success of your co-op. [Think Shark Tank for co-ops.]
The first step in making a connection with your audience occurs well before you meet them. Choose your co-op carefully and pick a topic you care about.
Eight finalists will be chosen to move forward in the competition. Finalists are required to attend a half-day speech workshop, Saturday, January, 30, where they will learn techniques to hone their speech-craft and visual presentation skills. Finalists are also required to compete at the OEC Youth Tour Contest, Monday, February 22. The Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C. is June 18-24, 2021. Before applying, make sure you are available on these dates.
A four-day action-packed adventure for eighth-graders, Energy Camp helps develop leadership skills and promotes teamwork while teaching about cooperative enterprises, the rural electrification program and electrical safety. Each year, OEC sponsors two students to the camp at Canyon Camp, near Hinton, Oklahoma, May 26-29, 2020.
While Energy Camp offers many traditional summer camp activities like swimming, hiking, basketball, and a ropes course, teens also have the unique opportunity to climb a utility pole, ride in the basket of a bucket truck, watch a co-op crew at work, and create and run a co-op business. They’ll take home a new-found confidence and a host of new friends—like minded peers from all over Oklahoma.
Students currently enrolled in the eighth grade within OEC’s service territory are eligible to compete for a spot at Energy Camp.
Students currently enrolled in eighth grade and attending a school located within OEC’s service territory qualify. Homeschooled students living within the OEC service territory and at the equivalent eighth grade level qualify.
Oklahoma Electric Cooperative
Attn: Energy Camp
PO Box 1208
Norman OK 73070-1208
DEADLINE: April 1, 2020