Get ahead of the game. With games.



Kids playing pac man

These kids…aren’t cool. But you can be.

How many times have you watched a kid (or a full-grown adult) hunched over their smartphone, furiously tap-tap-tapping away at a game? Or maybe you haven’t watched it because that full-grown adult IS YOU.

Reaching your customers through their hand-held devices is necessary. They are so much more likely to pick up information on their phone or tablet than they are from a mailing, robo-call or billboard. It’s time for your utility to get involved with digital games in order to effectively engage your customers with lessons on energy efficiency, safety and renewable energy. You can even turn Demand Side Management into a fun digital experience.

At NTC, we’ve spent 40 years teaching parents by teaching their kids first. As it became more and more obvious that educational games were on the rise, we wanted to know more. We surveyed nearly 7,000 teachers and administrators through our Professional Educator Network to find out just how many educators use educational games to teach science and explore energy-related subjects. You may have already seen Part 1 of our survey. Here’s the sequel. Download Part 2 of our PEN Report on Educational games and learn more. You don’t even need a token to get it.


Check this out:

We found this list of interview questions online that were designed specifically for hiring an arcade attendant. Look how well they align with utilities and NTC’s gaming report!

What is one key to success when communicating with the public?

  • Put stuff on their phones.

Share an experience when you applied new technology or information in your job.

  • New technology = games.

Describe an experience in which you identified the educational needs of your students and successfully developed a way to teach/train them.

  • Bam! Exactly what we’re talking about.

Provide a time when you worked in a rapidly evolving workplace. How did you deal with the change?

  • The utilities industry is always evolving. How you deal with the change affects the future of your organization and your customers. One way to deal is to stay on top of new trends and methods of engagement.

Share an example of when you went above and beyond the “call of duty”.

  • Every day, right? You can go beyond the call of duty and deliver educational tools to the schools, students and parents in your community. Also, “Call of Duty” is a game.

How do you stay fit in order to perform physical activities that are required in the workplace?

  • Climbing utility poles.

Describe your experience operating mechanical riding devices or other automatic equipment.

  • You mean like, a cherry picker?

Provide an experience in which you operated machines to clean, smooth, and prepare ice surfaces of rinks for activities.

  • Okay. This one probably doesn’t apply.

Tell me about a recent experience you’ve had working with your hands.

  • Actually…don’t.