BGE For Teachers & Kids

 For Teachers & Kids 


BGE Wires Down Video Challenge

It’s time to enter BGE’s Third 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.

BGE Wires Down Video Challenge logo
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)
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. Teachers can use a simple smartphone or create an elaborate production — it’s up to you! Videos can be submitted through the contest website from September 8 through November 14, 2014, at which time 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.

Captain Mercaptan characterCaptain 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 was designed by kids for kids, through the BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge.


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. 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.