Welcome to Brain Station. With help from teachers, parents and students, we’ve created a place to have some fun and learn about energy.
We hope you find the activities, resources, lesson plans and games helpful to you and your students or children. Just select a topic at the left and get ready to energize your brain.
Learn about our new interactive app, EmPOWERed Kids, that teaches children about the benefits and dangers of electricity and natural gas. This new app is available now for Apple and Android devices. A new live safety program will be available in schools starting fall of 2014. Read about MSU's anaerobic digester that turns waste into power. Consumers Energy employee, Jon Shelton, discusses his work at Consumers Energy as a Commercial Diver. Also, prepare for spring storm season with tips for building a storm safety kit.
Read how hundreds of educators and businesses, including Consumers Energy, worked together at the Ignite STEM Summit with Governor Snyder to address the need for STEM graduates. See how Kalamazoo College earned the Green Customer of the Year award, and learn about Cathy Kelbey's job in Public Safety Outreach at Consumers Energy. Also test your scientific skills with a static electricity experiment in Carpe Vigorem- seize the energy!
Read how Reenders Blueberry Farms in West Olive installed solar panels and teamed up with Consumers Energy to provide clean, renewable energy. Consumers Energy employee Cindy Kezele talks about volunteering with Children & Horses United in Movement and Beau Hayhoe talks about interning at Consumers Energy. Also learn to make a helpful environmental craft in Carpe Vigorem- seize the energy!
Rose Kallio, an engineer at Consumers Energy, talks about how she found her career in engineering and high schoolers talk about finding their careers through robotics. Read how over 150 Cub Scouts earned the Energy Expert patch and create an experiment to learn how the force of water is used to generate electricity in Carpe Vigorem- seize the energy!
Read how a $125,000 grant from Consumers Energy helped energize education at Frost Elementary as part of the Cradle to Career collaborative. Learn about wind turbines and Consumers Energy's first wind park operational in Mason County. Build a battery out of pennies and nickels, and test which one makes more cents. This and more in Carpe Vigorem- seize the energy!
Three teachers talk about how they spent their $125 grants, won in a contest by Consumers Energy for hosting either Hazard Hamlet or Respect the Flags last year. This issue also features resources for college students and a story that highlights seven students who earned scholarships with Consumers Energy. Have you heard about smart meters yet? Learn all about them and how to do a wind science experiment in Carpe Vigorem- seize the energy!
Look into the past and the future in this issue, featuring opportunities for high school students to learn about careers in energy, and a glimpse into three families who have worked for Consumers Energy for generations. It also notes some of the educational and recreational projects the Consumers Energy Foundation supported in 2011. In honor of highlighting families, learn to make a family tree!
This issue celebrates Consumer Energy's 125th Anniversary with a new updated design and a visual timeline of the company's history. It announces the $1.25 million in grants given to educational and recreational projects all over Michigan. Ionia High School is featured as the winner of the Green Scenes Video contest and grand prize of $5,000.
We remind returning teachers about our free safety education programs. Those who sign up are entered into a drawing to win one of several $125 classroom grants. Also highlighted are our Scout patches, social media outreach efforts, a craft idea and our college internship program.
Read about our seasoned employee, Kevin Keane, who developed a presentaton on the history of electricity. Wind energy, Earth Day celebrations and environmental topics are also featured.
This issue focuses on engineering, including jobs, scholarships and an engineering marvel, the Ludington Pumped Storage Plant. Also find a recycling craft idea and information about diversity at Consumers Energy.
We redesigned the newsletter based on feedback solicited from teachers. Carpe Vigorem now provides more information and is suitable for a wider audience. This issue includes information on renewables, energy efficiency and careers.
This spring, students are learning how to become smart energy users, and they're studying the importance of energy, natural resources and environmental resources.
Our educational programs are great resources to help communicate important safety messages at home and in the classroom. These messages are provided for elementary school students, but can be adapted for the middle and high school levels.