School Outreach

Free Science and Learning Opportunities for Students

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Do you teach third, fourth, or fifth grade? Would you like for your students to learn about electricity and electrical safety? We can help.
Request a Presenter

Austin Energy is committed to helping educate our youngest citizens about electricity and how they can stay safe around it. We also aim to spark interest in our ever-evolving industry and help young people understand potential career paths they can take to solve the energy challenges of the future.

Austin Energy Regional Science Festival for Grades 3-12

Austin Energy hosts and is the main sponsor of one of Texas’ largest regional science fairs. More than 3,500 students from third through twelfth grades representing more than 225 public, private, and home schools from ten counties come together and present their science fair projects.

Science Fest is held at the Palmer Events Center every year in late February.

Learn how to participate in the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival

Classroom Presentations for Grades 3-5

Austin Energy provides experienced presenters to visit third, fourth, and fifth grade classes to teach them about electricity. Sessions are one-hour each and are available at no cost to schools within the Austin Energy electric service area.

Presentations include:

  • Power Town — This presentation is designed to teach children basic electrical safety concepts using a model of a town. The model is complete with miniature homes, people, vehicles, recreational areas, and real, low-level electrical currents that demonstrate potential hazards. Small figurines are shocked to demonstrate the results of unsafe electrical practices. This engaging and safe demonstration is conducted using safety gear and equipment and includes a 20-minute video called “The Shocking Truth” to help students understand how electricity works and how it can be dangerous if not used safely.
  • Lightning Lab — Lightning Lab is a fun and interactive classroom presentation for all ages where students learn the basic science behind electricity. The learning is then reinforced as the students take part in high voltage experiments and demonstrations. Participants will be able to perform amazing feats such as making their hair stand on end, levitating small objects, creating lightning, running lights and motors without wires and much more.
  • Light Up Austin  — This presentation includes hands-on activities that promote critical thinking by using a scaled model city to demonstrate how electricity is generated and how it gets to your home. Children participate in this activity by taking on roles of Austin Energy employees who are restoring power to a small town after an outage.

Host a Presentation at Your School  

The following information will help you plan your request for classroom presentations.

  • Scheduling Considerations
    • A minimum of two classroom presentations per school per visit is required.
    • A teacher must be present during the entirety of all presentations.
    • Please schedule each presentation for one full hour starting no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Allow at least 5-10 minutes between classes.
    • We recommend that no more than 25-30 students attend each presentation to allow for optimal interaction and learning.
    • Materials are limited, so we cannot double-up on classes.
  • Scheduling More than Five Classes
    • Presenters are available for a maximum of five hours per day.
    • You may schedule two consecutive days if needed, with afternoon presentation(s) on the first day and morning presentation(s) the second day.
  • Choosing a Location
    • The presentation must be set up in one room through which students will rotate.
    • The presentation is loud so please choose a location that will not disrupt others.

How to Schedule

Please complete and submit our online form to request classroom presentations at your school. An Austin Energy representative will contact you to verify details and finalize the schedule.

Submit your request for a free Austin Energy classroom presentation at your school

Contact Us

Please email your questions to Austin Energy School Outreach  or call 512-972-9532.


Last Updated: 4/25/16

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