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I&M and Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne wrap up 6-week learning program

The 2nd annual partnership between the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne and Indiana Michigan Power concluded Thursday.

Posted: May 17, 2018 10:14 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)-  The 2nd annual partnership between the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne and Indiana Michigan Power concluded Thursday.

For the last 6 weeks, 13 Boys and Girls Club kids have learned about careers in the energy utility industry.

"We were learning about how electricity works and what jobs they do at electric places," said 7th grader Abrigail Holder.

The children have done multiple hands-on after-school programs with indiana michigan power to get knowledge about electricity, electrical wiring and electrical safety.

"The coolest thing I learned was stay away from electricity," said 5th grader Rodgis.

"Like how badly people can get injured in this job and how people can get killed," said Holder.

Today, on the last day of the program, the kids went to the I&M Service Center to learn how to safely handle equipment, learn about power line repair and take a ride in a bucket-truck.

"Engineering and math is a big part of what we do so educating the next generation is good," said Communications Representative Michael Bianski.

Bianski says it's good for more children to further their STEM education.

"We've got two manikins rigged up to some ropes and pulleys and they're going to see the difference between one pulley and two pulleys."

It's only the programs second year, but Bianski says he hopes the program continues to help kids learn.

"Hopefully next year we get a bigger group, we get more kids because we're working on updating our facilities. We're going to have a bigger staff and it will be really cool."

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