DP&L and Vectren Energy Fair inspires students to be energy efficient

Published: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 7:53 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 7:53 AM

The Dayton Power & Light and Vectren Energy Fair teaches elementary students how to become more energy conscious.
The Dayton Power & Light and Vectren Energy Fair teaches elementary students how to become more energy conscious.
Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) and Vectren Energy Fair 2017

Lights, thermal cameras and plenty of excited reactions! The DP&L and Vectren Energy Fair was an illuminating experience as hundreds of students from all over the Miami Valley gathered on the University of Dayton River Campus earlier this month for the annual Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) and Vectren Energy Fair.  

Facilitated by the Ohio Energy Project (OEP), the Energy Fair allows 100 high school students to teach younger students, through hands-on exploration stations, about how energy is a part of their everyday lives, and ways to become more energy efficient. This year, high school instructors came from Twin Valley, Twin Valley South, Oakwood, Greenview, McClain, Valley View, Lehman Catholic and the Dayton STEAM Academy. Nearly 300 younger students in grades 4-6 were in attendance from Troy Christian, Kemp, Russia, Ascension, J.E. Prass, and Edison.

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“Someday these students are going to be grown-ups and paying their own bills,” said Kara McMillen, DP&L residential program manager. “We at DP&L get really excited when we have the opportunity to educate our future customers on energy efficiency and saving money.”  

During the five-hour event, students explored the Energy Carnival, rode the Energy Bike, and experimented with a thermal camera. They learned about the six different forms of energy and the ten sources of energy. Hands-on activities introduced concepts such as: light refraction and reflection, forces and motion, electric circuits, sound waves, appliances and electricity, sound and pitch, and thermal energy.  

Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) and Vectren Energy Fair 2017

Kids-teaching-kids

The Energy Fair is unique and effective because of its “kids-teaching-kids” model. High school student leaders prepared for the fair by attending an Energy Summit, to learn how to teach energy lessons in a way that will excite and engage their younger counterparts.  

“For our high school leaders, being a part of the Energy Fair and teaching the younger kids helps to build their self-confidence, their social skills and comfort level with public speaking,” said Catherine Ackerman, a science teacher at Twin Valley South High School.  

In turn, younger students get to learn about energy and energy efficiency in a fun, engaging way from high school role models, reinforcing lessons from the classroom.  

“This is our third year at the Energy Fair,” said Jennifer Cain, fifth-grade teacher at Edison. “Seeing science in action makes all the difference. The students are totally engaged -- they’re learning and not even realizing it -- and they look up to the older kids so much, they really want to impress them.” 

More importantly since coming to the fair, she’s noticed an improvement in her students’ test scores. “The learning definitely is transferring,” noted Cain.  

Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) and Vectren Energy Fair 2017

Energy in action

Learning about energy in the classroom can be fun, but literally seeing it in action is thousand-watt excitement. Boundless “kid” energy pedals the Energy Bike, powering incandescent light bulbs, fluorescent bulbs and LED bulbs. The students can actually feel the difference in energy efficiency, many even working up a sweat trying to light up the less-efficient bulbs.   

“It was really cool to see how energy is transferred from pedaling the bike to turning on the different kinds of light bulbs,” said Devon Delaet, a fifth-grader at Russia.  

Erin Tebbe, a sophomore at Twin Valley South High School and two-time teacher instructor for the fair, was one of four girls selected by Ackerman to actually build the Energy Bike through an annual program hosted by Dayton Power and Light -- wiring everything, from start to finish.  

“Building the Energy Bike was such a great experience,” said Tebbe. “I’m really proud of and love being able to share it with the younger kids. They seem to really have fun with it.”  

Ongoing commitment to energy efficiency

The Energy Fair is part of DP&L and Vectren’s School Education Program, facilitated by OEP throughout the school year. The school program is part of DP&L’s ongoing commitment to help customers be “Savings Champions” by learning how to save energy and money. In addition, DP&L and Vectren will award $1000 scholarships to three area high school seniors who are interested in careers in energy. 

Did you know DP&L offers discounts on energy-efficient LED light bulbs, rebates on heating and cooling systems and smart thermostats, and free appliance pickup and recycling? Learn more about how you can be a Savings Champion at savewithdpl.com.

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Part of road closes after car crash in Beavercreek

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 4:12 PM

UPDATE @4:08 p.m.The middle lane is now open in the 3300 block of Pentagon Boulevard after a two-vehicle accident in Beavercreek.

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The right lane and left turn lane remain closed at the intersection of Pentagon Boulevard and the entrance to The Mall at Fairfield Commons.

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Police on scene were unable to tell us what caused the crash.

FIRST REPORT:

A part of Pentagon Boulevard is closed after a vehicle crash in Beavercreek Saturday, according to Beavercreek dispatchers.

Emergency crews were called to the scene in the 3300 block of Pentagon Boulevard around 3: 40 p.m. 

Initial reports indicate that at least two vehicles were involved and two people were transported to a hospital.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available.

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National Museum of the U.S. Air force open after reported evacuation

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 1:51 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 3:02 PM



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UPDATE @ 3 p.m.:

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is open after an evacuation earlier that day.

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No one from the museum able to comment on the incident was available. 

It’s unknown why the evacuation happened at this time.

FIRST REPORT:

We are working to learn more about a reported evacuation at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Saturday.

Witnesses are telling us the guests were evacuated around 12:40 p.m.

People were seen waiting outside while several left the museum completely.

We are working to learn more about why the evacuation happened. 

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Ribbon-cutting celebrates new services at Good Samaritan North

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:32 PM
Updated: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 1:36 PM

Officials held a ceremony Saturday for a ribbon-cutting celebrating new services at Good Samaritan Hospital North.

UPDATE @ 1:15 P.M.

Officials held a ceremony today for a ribbon-cutting celebrating new services at Good Samaritan Hospital North.

WATCH a replay of our Facebook Live from the event below:

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony for new services at Good Samaritan North Health Center, which will become Miami Valley Hospital North on July 23, will be held today at 1:00 p.m.

The ceremony will be at the Health Center located at 9000 N. Main Street, according to a release.

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For the first time, this site will offer inpatient beds--a total of 46 private rooms for short-stay inpatient and observation care, including four high-acuity beds. Patients will be able to access advanced, integrated services ranging from non-operative medical treatment to inpatient surgical intervention.

The site will have a dedicated facility for joint and spine care and is also slated to open a cardiac catheterization lab in early fall 2018. The site will also offer 82,000 additional square feet as well as expanded patient and visitor parking.
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Weather again delays major Middletown hot air balloon event

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 2:00 PM


            Rain and storms caused the early closure Friday of the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival in Middletown. GREG LYNCH/STAFF
Rain and storms caused the early closure Friday of the Ohio Challenge hot air balloon festival in Middletown. GREG LYNCH/STAFF

Weather is not cooperating this weekend for hot air balloon enthusiasts wanting to take to the skies in Middletown.

The Ohio Challenge competition and glow was cancelled Friday night when strong storms moved through the area. The weather kept pilots from launching again this morning.

The festival portion of the Ohio Challenge is still scheduled for today, and organizers are hopeful current rain will move out before it begins at 4 p.m.

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“The pilots are very eager to launch,” said Kathy Stites, event manager. “If the rains stops, then they can glow, that usually happens about dusk. And there will be fireworks rain or shine.

The challenge is scheduled from 4 to 10:30 p.m. today at Smith Park. In addition to the balloons, there is a car show, a band and vendors filling the park.

As many as 60,000 visitors are expected in Middletown over the weekend for the event, according to Stites.

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