The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) recently unveiled an interactive website -- www.propanekids.com/agsafety -- that includes fun and educational videos, science experiments, and activities to help children ages 12 and under learn about propane and general safety around the farm.
"Our Amazing Farm," the latest addition to the PropaneKids.com site, features a series of entertaining 5-minute science experiment videos to support PERC's national agricultural safety initiative. The video series, titled "Science Rocks," is designed to engage young minds while providing a resource grounded in science to be used by both parents and educators.
The videos explain fundamental principles relating to propane, a ubiquitous energy source in rural America. Other features of "Our Amazing Farm" include hands-on, age-appropriate, interactive activities that teach kids about grain bin safety, fire extinguishers, static electricity management, and other important topics. The videos use common household items -- and the site offers printable instructions -- to enable teachers and parents to share the lessons at school or home.
Developed by PERC with funding from CHS Inc., the national agricultural safety program promotes the videos and e-learning elements with the aim to improve safety on America's farms. All components are available free of charge and are directly accessible by educators, the public, and any organization wishing to offer the tools through their own websites.
"We expect these videos to become valuable tools for kids, families, businesses, and schools to help prevent accidents and improve safety around the farm," said Stuart Flatow, PERC's vice president of safety and training. The "Science Rocks" video series is available at http://www.propanekids.com/agsafety/science-experiments.html.
About PERC: The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is a check-off program established, operated, and funded by the propane industry. The only energy council of its kind, PERC leads safety and training efforts among propane retailers and consumers and drives technology development to expand adoption of propane as a clean, domestic, and affordable energy source. PERC programs benefit a variety of industries, including fleet vehicle management, landscaping, residential and commercial building, agriculture, and material handling. For more information, visit propanecouncil.org.
About CHS: CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com) is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.