Oct. 19, 24 students participated in an ExploreAg Experience at the Central Ohio Lineworker Training Center in Mt. Gilead. Students learned what an electric cooperative is then split into five groups where they spent 30 minutes per station: Ride in a Bucket Truck; Dress for Safety; Build a Crossarm; Drone Demonstration (electric co-ops use drones to monitor their distribution systems and identify needed repairs); and Energy Advising, which is the use of technology to help co-op members use energy wisely.
ExploreAg Experiences are an extension of this summer’s ExploreAg camps.
“The goal of the ExploreAg program is to increase awareness of careers in agriculture to strengthen the farm and food community,” according to Marissa Mulligan, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development. “The electric industry houses stable jobs that are essential to many communities across the state. Reliable electric is crucial to the success of communities in Ohio. Through the ExploreAg Experience, we facilitated career exploration for the next generation of leaders to support Ohioans.”
Franklin County’s Lauren Coleman, who also participated in one of this summer’s ExploreAg camps, said, “Participating in Saturday’s ExploreAg event with the Ohio Electric Cooperative was an amazing experience, I would without a doubt recommend this opportunity to other kids because not only was it very informative to learn how electricity is distributed, but also super cool to get to do so many hands-on activities throughout the course of the day.
“We got to build a crossarm, do drone demonstrations and dress for safety, but my favorite part was getting to do the bucket ride and going up to the power lines and experiencing a little bit of what linemen do every day.
“Thank you to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation and Ohio Electric Cooperative for your generosity.”