Florida Power & Light Company's Electrifying Experience™ science demonstration began its tour across Florida this September, headed by renowned geologist and instructor Robert Krampf. The educational -- and high-voltage -- tour showcases Mr. Krampf's 45-minute electricity demonstration, which teaches students the basics of electricity and electrical safety while dazzling them with spark-filled visuals.
"We've had a very successful kick off," said John Kitchens, manager of external affairs services at FPL. "All of the Broward County Electrifying Experience™ demonstrations have been booked through November. We look forward to building on this trend." FPL hopes to reach more than 200 public elementary schools throughout Florida during the 2000-2001 school year.
FPL's Electrifying Experience™ is brought to students in celebration of the company's 75th anniversary in 2000 and as part of its ongoing educational outreach efforts.
"We are extremely pleased that Mr. Krampf has joined FPL to help us spark an early interest in science education," said Mary Lou Kromer, FPL Corporate Communications vice president. "By presenting elementary students with a show that is not only educational, but also thoroughly entertaining, Mr. Krampf has managed to make a fascinating yet often intimidating subject accessible and fun."
During the presentation, Mr. Krampf will excite students with the hair- raising Van de Graaff static generator and the spark-emitting Tesla coil. Some of the topics covered include electrical history, static charges, volts, amps, electromagnetism, alternating current, direct current and high frequency electricity. The program content is tied to the state and national science standards for units on electricity and energy at many grade levels.
"It is very rewarding for me to present the show with FPL," said Robert Krampf. "The company is committed to improving science-based education in Florida's communities and to showing students that science, while not only a fundamental part of a well-rounded education, can also be quite enjoyable."
Mr. Krampf, a former collections geologist and instructor at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, has been featured on Late Night with David Letterman, Fantastic Facts in London, CBS This Morning, CNN and Discovery Channel's The Know Zone. For the past 13 years, he has been thrilling adults and children alike with his energizing show, teaching audiences the history and many applications of electricity, while always emphasizing the importance of electrical safety.
Mr. Krampf and FPL offer the Electrifying Experience™ Free Experiment of the Week Club, which provides teachers, students, and others who are interested in science with simple, hands-on experiments on a weekly basis. The experiments, available by submitting an e-mail request to Mr. Krampf at firstname.lastname@example.org, tackle subjects ranging from chemistry and biology to physics and earth science -- they can be done at home or at school, and many can also be easily developed into excellent science fair projects.
A corporate citizen of Florida since 1925, FPL supports education from kindergarten through college with a variety of scholastic programs, including the Future City Competition and the Energy Encounter, an educational center on Hutchinson island, which features more than 30 interactive displays on energy, electricity, nuclear power and the environment. FPL also features FPLSafetyWorld.com, a fun, cartoon-clad Web site loaded with experiment ideas, fully animated games and informational presentations aimed at teaching kids about the dangers associated with electric current.
Florida Power & Light is the principal subsidiary of FPL Group, Inc. , one of the nation's largest providers of electricity-related services with annual revenues of more than $6 billion. The company serves 3.8 million customer accounts in Florida. FPL Energy, LLC., FPL Group's U.S. and international energy generating subsidiary, is a leader in producing electricity from clean and renewable fuels. Information is available on the Internet at www.fplgroup.com and www.fpl.com.
For more information on how to book a demonstration at your school, please contact James Ashley at (904) 388-6381 or e-mail FPLshows@aol.com.
Following is a schedule of the tour:
Assigned Dates Florida Counties
September 5 to 22 Brevard County
September 25 to 29 Nassau, Baker, Columbia,
October 10 to November 3 Broward County
November 13 to 21 St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam, Bradford
November 27 to December 19 Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River &
January 8 to 19 Collier County
January 22 to February 2 Sarasota, Manatee
February 5 to 9 St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam, Bradford
February 12 to 16 Sarasota, Manatee
February 26 to March 2 Charlotte, Hendry, Desoto
March 19 to 22 Nassau, Baker, Columbia, Suwannee,
March 26 to April 6 Lee County
April 9 to 13 St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam, Bradford
April 16 to May 11 Miami / Dade
May 15 to June 1 Palm Beach County
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