Linwood elementary students learn electrifying science lesson

Linwood Elementary students learn about electric generation, AC and DC power and the historic relationship between inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. (Photo submitted)

Linwood Elementary students learn about electric generation, AC and DC power and the historic relationship between inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. (Photo submitted)

 

More than 200 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders at Linwood Elementary School learned about electricity during an assembly presented by the Bakken Museum, courtesy of electric cooperatives Connexus Energy and Great River Energy.

The assembly, called “War of the Currents,” teaches students through an entertaining portrayal of Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla’s historic debate over which is better, Edison’s direct current electricity or Tesla’s alternating current electricity.

“Electric cooperatives will always need bright, new employees to design, operate and maintain our power plants, power lines and substations,” said Great River Energy spokeswoman Lori Buffington. “We want to help teachers get students excited about science.”

Inspiring an interest in science is one of the primary objectives of the non-profit Bakken Museum, located in Minneapolis.

Great River Energy, based in Maple Grove, is a not-for-profit wholesale electric cooperative owned by 28 member cooperatives, including Connexus Energy. The second largest electric power supplier in Minnesota, it is capable of generating 3,500 megawatts and serves about 1.7 million people.

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