Andersen Elementary School kindergarten students meet 'BRITE', the interactive life-size light bulb during an energy awareness event at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct.14. The visit was part of an Energy Awareness Month initiative to educate the children in an interactive manner about how they can help save energy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Veronica McMahon)
Patrick Russell, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron energy manager, briefs Andersen Elementary School first grade students on the importance of energy awareness, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Oct. 14. The visit was part of an Energy Awareness Month initiative to educate the children in an interactive manner about how they can help save energy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Veronica McMahon)
by Senior Airman Veronica McMahon
36th Wing Public Affairs
10/17/2011 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Andersen Elementary students engaged in 'Energy Awareness month' through educational videos, interactive briefings and a visit from the life-size light bulb 'BRITE' here, Oct. 14.
The children, kindergarten through fifth grade, were able to ask questions concerning energy and get good information of how they could help in saving energy.
"The kids are in great spirits and seem really excited about energy," said Patrick Russell, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron energy manager. "They were really into the videos and asked all kinds of questions and were willing to participate."
Energy Awareness month is celebrated annually in October, and educating the children is an important part of addressing energy.
"They learned a lot about saving energy," said Dona Miles, Andersen Elementary first grade teacher. "They enjoyed the video clips and lived meeting BRITE."
Ms. Miles said her class grasped the importance of energy very well, and to turn off lights and water when they aren't in use.
"Teaching the students is important because they are going take what we teach them and go forth," Mr. Russell said. "They will take what they've learned and bring it home, perhaps even reminding their family to help save energy."