PECO and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate students and their families in the PECO service area about energy efficiency. During the 2018-19 school year, professional actors from NTC will visit 200 elementary schools with live performances of “The Conservation Caper,” sparking conversations on energy efficiency in classrooms throughout the PECO service area. The program will focus on:
- What energy is
- The uses of energy
- How energy is wasted
- Ways to conserve energy
The live program revolves around Nikki Neutron, a superhero who has been pitted against Dr. Maybe, an indecisive villain bent on wasting energy, in a quiz about energy conservation. With the help of student volunteers, as well as colorful characters like U.R. Fired, Nikki sets off to learn about energy conservation and beat Dr. Maybe.
In addition to live performances, the program includes student playbooks (print and online versions), teacher guides, e-books, and digital games and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the live shows. PECO sponsors every aspect of the program, making the performances and materials a cost-free supplement to lessons in science, literacy and the arts. For more information about “The Conservation Caper” program, visit https://nationaltheatre.com/Program/the-conservation-caper/.
“Live theatre is a great way to educate,” says NTC president and founder Ward Eames. “The show goes beyond reading or other more passive methods of engaging kids. These children are watching a story unfold right before their very eyes, with the two actors playing all sorts of characters. We don’t lose the kids’ attention for a minute, because they get to respond and interact with the show. It really sticks with them.”
For a complete list of schools and locations on the tour, contact Katie Miesen at kmiesen(at)ntccorporate.com. For more information on The National Theatre for Children, visit: http://www.nationaltheatre.com.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO is Pennsylvania ’s largest electric and natural gas utility, delivering power to more than 1.6 million electric customers and more than 511,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, the nation’s leading competitive energy supplier.
About The National Theatre for Children
NTC is a premium provider of educational programming with operations in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. We work directly between schools and clients to promote beneficial behaviors and life skills to students in grades K-12 on a local, regional and national level.
Our award-winning educational programs are provided free for schools and are customizable to accommodate specific messages and goals for clients. Through formats including live performance, in-class discussion, graphic novels, print curriculum, and digital games and activities, we present topics such as energy conservation, safety, financial literacy, STEM, water and environmental stewardship, and health and social responsibility in ways that engage and empower students. In doing so, we are helping our clients to be forces of change for students, parents and communities.
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