"Men in Plaid" Provide Energy Education to Florida Students

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An energy efficiency program – "Men in Plaid: The Kilowatt Connection" -- is a live theatre show that teaches wise energy use. Sponsored by Florida Power & Light, it is being offered to schools in FPL's service territory completely free-of-charge.

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An Energy Education Program Based in Live Theatre

It’s really important that we educate children and their families to help them understand the importance of our natural resources, and using energy wisely.

"Men in Plaid: The Kilowatt Connection" returns to Florida elementary schools beginning January 13th to help students and their families learn about the importance of wise energy use. Sponsored by Florida Power and Light Company (FPL), the program features professional actors with sets, props and costumes performing in an exciting yet educational, all-school assembly. The winter portion of the tour will travel to schools in the following Florida counties:

  • Nassau
  • Manatee
  • Sarasota
  • Charlotte
  • Hendry
  • Lee
  • Collier
  • De Soto
  • Miami-Dade

"Men in Plaid" is produced by The National Theatre for Children (NTC) and teaches students and their parents how to develop good energy efficiency habits. Prior to the performance, teachers receive digital curriculum and interactive white board activities that are keyed to the important concepts outlined in the live show. The entire school then experiences the fun, funny interactive performance. Once students return to their classroom, teachers can use the interactive white board activities and download digital workbooks and teacher guides to help reinforce the energy educational points from the show.

Using a variety quick costume changes, the two professional actors who perform "Men in Plaid: The Kilowatt Connection" play a multitude of characters from Secret Agents ”Skuller” and “Moldy” to the arch villain “The Slug,” who tries to waste energy all over town. Each performance is action-packed with high energy comedy and hilarious audience interaction. The show comes complete with professionally designed sets, props and costumes. Students learn:

  • How electricity and energy are made
  • Uses of energy
  • Ways energy is wasted
  • How to conserve energy

“It’s really important that we educate children and their families to help them understand the importance of our natural resources, and using energy wisely,” says Maureen Wilt, Education Program Manager for FPL. “If we can connect that idea with the ways that electricity is wasted, then we can begin to help them positively change their behavior – to create good energy saving habits as a family.”

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power and Light Company is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate-regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customers and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while its typical residential customer bills, based on data available in December 2011, are about 25 percent below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc. For more information: http://www.fpl.com.

About The National Theatre for Children
In 1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators. We inspire young people – and their families – to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, STEM, financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others. Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an educational content provider whose repertoire includes print curriculum, digital classroom games and multiplatform educational media. We have developed the art of teaching through educational theatre into a science of its own, and are currently the largest in-school touring educational production company in the world: http://www.nationaltheatre.com

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