Power Up Kids

Chip the LED KidHi kids, my name is CHIP the LED Kid! My job at Linn County REC is to promote electrical safety, energy efficiency and the cooperative way. Learn how you can have me come visit your classroom for an important safety lesson by visiting our presentations page.

Read my books and visit the websites below to learn lots of cool facts about electricity. You will learn about:

  • staying safe around electricity
  • different ways electricity is produced
  • what to do in case of an emergency
  • careers available in the electrical field
  • using electricity efficiently
  • renewable energy


Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative, in cooperation with our power supplier, Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), Safe Electricity, Energy Education Council and the other organizations below, is pleased to provide the following links and videos.


  • Safe Electricity : This is an excellent site to learn about electricity. It has a youth section, teacher materials and much more. While you are visiting this site don't forget to check out "Electric Universe" or you can go directly to that site from Safe Electricity with the link below.
  • Electric Universe : This site consists of more than 300 pages of information about electricity, electrical safety and related topics. This site also includes games to reinforce the safety message and a Teacher's Lounge for teachers.
  • Tesla Town: Tesla Town, from the University of Illinois, allows young students to explore and learn about different energy sources used for electricity production today.
  • Louie's Space : Part of the Electric Universe that focuses on younger kids, preschool through 2nd grade, with Louie the Lightning Bug teaching about safety around electricity in a fun and animated way.
  • Energy Kids : This site includes information and activities about energy, organized in easy-to-use sections and is sponsored by the "Energy Information Administration"
  • Energy Hog : Dedicated to teaching about energy efficiency. It includes games and information on how you can save energy and become an Energy Hog Buster! Brought to you by Alliance to Save Energy
  • Energy Star Kids : Learn how you can become an Energy Star!
  • Owlie Skywarn: This site, from the National Weather Service, has outreach activities and materials for kids. 


Anatomy of An Electrical System

Set of 5 tutorial videos teaching the basics of electricity. This is brought to you through "Safe Electricity" and "AEP-American Electrical Power"

Electrical Safety 

Various videos showing the importance of staying safe around electricity

The Cooperative Way

Videos explaining what an electric cooperative business is and does.

The Cooperative Difference

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