BGE For Teachers & Kids

 For Teachers & Kids 


Teaching children about energy safety is more than important—it can be life-saving. Because every child should know how to use energy safely and responsibly—and respond appropriately in potentially hazardous situations— BGE provides the following free resources and incentives for teachers in central Maryland to make energy safety lessons easy, effective and fun.

Gas and Electricity Safety Contests

Elementary schools in BGE’s service area can enter to win up to $10,000 in each of two contests that run during the school year. BGE’s Wires Down Video Challenge asks elementary school classes to create their own versions of BGE’s iconic “Wires Down” electric safety commercial. The Adventures of Captain Mercaptan challenges classroom groups to use their natural gas safety knowledge to create comic book characters and stories. In less than five years, BGE has awarded more than $150,000 to 39 winning schools for enrichment projects.

BGE Wires Down Video Challenge 

It’s time to enter BGE’s 4th Annual Wires Down Video Challenge! Elementary schools within the BGE service area are invited to create their own rendition of BGE’s “Wires Down” television commercial and compete to win up to $10,000 to fund a school enrichment project. The Wires Down Video Challenge presents an opportunity for kids to learn about electricity in a fun and creative way while also working as a team to generate school spirit.

Awards Include:

$10,000 Star Power Award 
$5,000 Spotlight Award
$3,000 Cast N Crew Award (best teamwork)
$3,000 Director's Cut Award (most creative)
$3,000 Golden Pipes Award (best rendition of song)
$1,000 Screen Gem Award (best in each county)
$500 Teacher Award (gift card for the teacher of the first place school)



Teachers are encouraged to work with their class to make a creative 30-45 second video using the same lyrics as the original "Wires Down" commercial. Use a simple smartphone or create an elaborate production - it's up to you! Videos can be submitted through the contest website from August 31 through November 9, 2015. Starting November 16, schools will compete in a two-week online voting period for a chance to win.
Visit for complete contest details and to download the entry kit. To receive updates about the video challenge, email with “Sign Me Up” in the subject line.

The Adventures of Captain MercaptanSM

Captain Mercaptan is BGE's natural gas safety hero. He takes his name from "mercaptan" the safety additive BGE and gas utilities put in natural gas to give it a rotten egg odor and make it easier to detect. Without mercaptan, natural gas is odorless. Captain Mercaptan and his two sidekicks, Sunny and Piper, were designed by kids for kids, through the BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge.
Stay tuned for more of Captain Mercaptan's adventures when BGE launches the next phase of the contest in January 2016. One winner from each grade (K-5) will receive the $5,000 BGE Hero Award to be used for a school enrichment project. Of those six winners, one entry will be deemed the BGE Captain Mercaptan's Choice winner and will receive an additional $5,000 for being the best overall entry. In 2016, a total of $35,000 will be awarded to the six winning schools as part of The Adventures of Captain Mercaptan.
To learn more about the contest, visit


Watch the natural gas safety video for kids and check out our natural gas safety hero, Captain Mercaptan

Welcome to BGE’s Educational Initiatives

At BGE, it is our job to provide tools to help educators in our service area teach young children important lessons about energy conservation and electrical and natural gas safety. BGE sponsors the following BGE Educational Initiatives:

Curriculum-based materials for the classrooms:

BGE offers teachers and students various age-appropriate educational booklets and newsletters. The booklets were developed with the assistance of utility efficiency and safety experts, teachers, parents, and curriculum specialists. The materials meet state and national educational standards for science, health and safety.

Learn more about our program and order booklets by going to:

Classroom Presentations:

It is never too early to start educating students about how energy works and its importance in our everyday life. BGE safety experts will arrive in real utility bucket trucks or other service vehicles for a memorable presentation of important energy safety topics. All public and private elementary schools in the BGE service area are welcome to email our community affairs team to schedule a free presentation. To request a BGE speaker for your next curriculum topic, please complete the “Request a Classroom Presentation” form.

Our education program is now e-Smart!

e-Smartkids is an online meeting place for ongoing energy education, including electrical and natural gas safety, energy efficiency and environmental awareness. It contains the latest information presented through interactive online technologies, including:

  • Safety World video
  • Electrical & Natural Gas Safety World website
  • Energy Efficiency World website
  • Downloadable teacher guides, worksheets and pre-post tests for each booklet
  • Downloadable current and past newsletters

If you are a teacher or administrator with a comment or question, please contact us.