“Kilowatt Kitchen” Teaches Texas Students about Energy Efficiency

Kilowatt Kitchen

Texas-New Mexico Power and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) have partnered to educate and inspire Texas students and their families. From October 22 through November 16, professional actors from NTC will visit elementary schools with live performances of Kilowatt Kitchen, sparking conversations on energy efficiency in classrooms throughout Texas-New Mexico Power’s service area. The program will focus on:

  • How we measure energy
  • What renewable resources are
  • How energy is wasted
  • How to conserve energy

The live program revolves around Lorraine Quiche, who is about to realize her dream of opening her first restaurant. However, she discovers that her top chef, Chuck Wagon, has been wasting energy and now the power’s gone out! With the help of student volunteers, as well as colorful characters like Horace Flyman and Adam Grizzly, Lorraine tries to restore power before opening night.

In addition to live performances, the program includes student playbooks (both print and online versions), teacher guides, e-books, and digital games and activities that align with the important concepts outlined in the live shows. Texas-New Mexico Power 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 Kilowatt Kitchen, visit https://nationaltheatre.com/Programs/.

“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 Matt Levine at [email protected]. For more information on The National Theatre for Children, visit: https://www.nationaltheatre.com.

About Texas-New Mexico Power
Texas-New Mexico Power is an electricity transmission and distribution service provider. We provide electricity to about 245,000 homes and businesses throughout Texas. We have about 375 employees in more than 20 communities throughout Texas, with our main office in Lewisville. We are a subsidiary of PNM Resources. Our formal name is Texas-New Mexico Power Co., but we now serve only Texas.

We deliver: electricity that customers purchase through the Texas Electric Choice program; accurate, timely meter readings transmitted to retail providers for billing purposes; service connections and re-connections as requested by retail providers; locally based service that ensures prompt response to power outages; and construction and maintenance of the poles and wires that deliver electricity.

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.