For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (Feb. 3, 2019) – The BGE Wires Down Video Challenge has returned to help educate elementary school-aged children on the importance of practicing electrical safety. Teachers in public and private elementary schools across BGE's electric service area are encouraged to work with their classes to submit 30 to 45-second videos of their interpretation of BGE's popular "Wires Down" electrical safety commercial. Schools have a chance to win between $1,000 and $10,000 in grant funding for enrichment projects. Up to $34,000 will be awarded this year to winning schools with an additional $500 awarded to the teacher who submits the entry from the grand prize-winning school. As an enhancement to the contest, the online contest entry kit also includes lesson plans customized for students in kindergarten through fifth grade that promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Entries will be accepted through April 3, 2020.
Originally produced in 2000, the Emmy Award-winning BGE "Wires Down" commercial with its "do not, do not, do not touch" melody aims to help raise awareness of electricity hazards, especially among young children. Last year's $10,000 grand prize winner was Northwood Elementary School in Baltimore, Md. The school used the grand prize to purchase mobile computer carts equipped with new portable PCs and update their existing computer labs with new technology including smart boards, a laser printer, and headsets.
To date, BGE has awarded more than $205,000 to 57 elementary schools across central Maryland as part of the BGE Wires Down Video Challenge. For more information on the contest, to download your free entry kit or to view last year's winning video, visit bgevideochallenge.com.
BGE reminds all customers to stay away from power lines and report any downed power lines or electrical emergencies immediately by calling 800.685.0123. Follow these safety guidelines: