What you need: Light blue or white pipe cleaners Scissors Glass jar Pencil Boiling water Borax What to do: Twist pipe cleaners together to form a snowflake. We made a very simple shape, but encourage older children to create a more complicated design. Wrap a pencil perpendicular to one of the extending pipe cleaners. Trim all pipe… Continue reading.
Youth Programs and Activities
Indiana’s electric cooperatives, along with Electric Consumer and our statewide association, offer several programs benefitting the youth of our state.
Electric Consumer also features special activities each month in our magazine geared toward our younger readers through our PowerKids page. Check out some of the projects here.
With great pleasure Electric Consumer announces the winners of the 2014 Youth Power and Hope Awards. They are: Summer Allen, New Salisbury Summer Allen, an eighth grader at North Harrison Middle School, has been instrumental in growing the Random Acts of Kindness Program at her school. The program teaches kindness through role modeling and rewarding… Continue reading.
A lot of Hoosiers vote every election day, yet go their entire lives without ever really watching lawmakers perform the job they’ve elected them to, or even stepping foot into the beautiful and historic Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. Indiana Electric Cooperatives offer students aged 13-18 an educational and exciting look into the General Assembly with… Continue reading.
National Cocoa Day is December 13. Make this festive treat to enjoy on a cold winter day, or to give a friend or teacher as a Christmas present. What you need: 2 clear plastic pastry bags Miniature marshmallows Toothpick Clear tape 10 starlight peppermint candies Red food coloring Spoon Small bowl ½ cup hot cocoa… Continue reading.
The Indiana Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., is an annual weeklong event giving students who’ve just finished their junior year in high school the opportunity to see the nation’s capital and the workings of our government in person. But more than that, the all-expenses-paid tour creates lasting friendships and lifelong memories for the group of… Continue reading.
With just a few craft supplies, you can jazz up a piece of cardboard to make a cool decoration. You can transform the letter of your first name into a fun decoration to hang on your bedroom door or closet door or inside your locker at school. This fun craft makes a great handmade gift… Continue reading.
In the summer of 2003, Indiana’s electric cooperatives set out to energize the summer camp experience for youngsters like never before … to literally put the “amp” into “camp.” Since then, the Indiana Touchstone Energy® Camp has provided lessons about electrical safety and electric cooperatives along with the usual camp fare for over 900 Hoosier… Continue reading.
When December 2013 rolls around and calendar pages are turned, Amanda Whaling’s senior send-off to the Cooperative Calendar of Student Art will be revealed at last. She’ll be a sophomore in college then, but her valedictory work — horses pulling a wagon at a snowy Christmas tree farm — will still be wowing those who appreciate… Continue reading.
Birds and butterflies, beetles, biplanes and other winged things have long been popular subjects of the works entered in the annual Electric Consumer/Indiana electric co-op calendar of student art contest. How apropos they all are since the art contest — now in its 15th year — has given wing to so many young artists. Each… Continue reading.
Rainbows are something special in nature. After a heavy rainstorm, they pop up — like magic — to paint the sky with a multi-colored arc when the sun breaks through the parting clouds. And then, they disappear. They are created by the sun shining on droplets of moisture still in air. The light gets “bent”… Continue reading.
Football season kicks off soon on the professional and college levels. To celebrate, we draw your attention to a popular craft project we first ran in the February 2012 issue — when Indianapolis hosted the Super Bowl. It’s a craft pattern to color, cut out and assemble your own movable cardboard “action figure.” An adult or an… Continue reading.
Cameras flashed and young faces beamed as the winning student artists in the 2012 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art were honored both collectively and individually by Hoosier Salon, state’s premier arts organization, at a special reception Sept. 29 at the Governor’s Residence in Indianapolis. Thirteen of the 22 students whose works appear in the calendar… Continue reading.
Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? Consider a career in the energy field! Gov. Mitch Daniels has declared Oct. 17-21 “Careers in Energy Week.” Your local electric cooperative may be a place you’d like to work when you get older. Many times what you do in the future is… Continue reading.