Preschoolers learn how electricity works

Triplett Tech preschoolers Rhett Hamilton, 4, left, and Hannah Dettmer, 4, center, learn about safety precautions from Jacob Stephens, right, a second-year electricity student. Kaley Toy/Daily

MOUNT JACKSON – Preschoolers in Raelyn Hamilton’s class learned about electricity from students in Dagan Stephens’ electricity class at Triplett Tech on Wednesday morning.

Hamilton, an early childhood education teacher at Triplett Tech, said she’s excited the kids get to experience different careers at an early age.

Hamilton told the students, “We’re going over to electricity to visit Mr. Tool Man and he is going to show us how electricity works.”

To put this activity together, students in Hamilton’s early childhood education class collaborated with Stephens’ electricity students and brainstormed ways to get preschoolers excited and engaged in the electricity field.

There were five stations for the kids to explore. The stations included a safety station, doorbell station, light switch station, wiring station and a light board station. Preschoolers were taught by 11 of Stephens’ second-year electricity students.

Stephens said his students were excited to create these stations and work with the preschoolers.

After the kids visited all the stations, he asked, “Did we all have fun today?”

“Did we all learn something?” he added.

The kids responded that the doorbell was their favorite activity.

In the next few months, the kids will also be visiting the cosmetology, masonry, auto tech and carpentry classrooms. They will also be creating a booklet that represents each classroom that they visited to remember what they learned.

These visits are part of a program called Kids Connect that Hamilton created to get kids thinking about careers earlier in life. This program is modeled after Career Connection, a national program sponsored by the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America- http://www.fcclainc.org/.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com