MMPA’s Energy Education Program demonstrates the Agency’s commitment to support the communities we serve. The program provides educational resources about energy for schools in its member communities and project host communities.
MMPA’s Energy Education program has achieved a major milestone– reaching more than 18,000 fourth grade students since the program’s inception in 2010.This unique educational experience provides students with the opportunity to learn first-hand about power generation and about their local utility.
The Program’s curriculum – which aligns with Minnesota 4th Grade Science Standards – focuses on how energy is generated, transmitted and used. Students learn these concepts through MMPA’s Energy Education Workbook, interactive tours and in-school assemblies.
FEP Tour Event
A key component of the Energy Education Program is the Faribault Energy Park (FEP) Tour Event. While visiting the 300 MW capacity natural gas facility, students are able to view the control room, steam turbine, on-site wind turbine, and solar array. During the month of May, fourth graders attend the Tour Event and rotate through educational stations located throughout the facility and its wetlands park. Each station focuses on a specific energy lesson ranging from the concept of energy and energy sources to how a power plant, such as FEP, generates electricity and provides power to local homes and businesses. A new component added to the tour includes hands-on activities and tips for conserving energy from the Science Museum of Minnesota.
For more information about Faribault Energy Park, click here.
For schools not easily accessible to FEP, the Agency offers an in-school education assembly, developed and presented by MMPA in partnership with the Science Museum of Minnesota. These educational events help bring interactive energy learning opportunities to more students throughout our member communities.
High School Progam
In 2018, the Agency launched a new high school program. This program encourages students to deepen their understanding of complex energy topics and provides insight into various energy-focused career opportunities. Hosted at MMPA’s Shakopee Energy Park, Faribault Energy Park and local high schools’ students participated in activities that included: interactive presentations, hands-on learning activities, a facility tour, and a career panel. With support from the MMPA member utilities and Avant Energy, MMPA’s management partner, students were able to meet the people behind their power and learn about a wide variety of jobs in the energy industry.