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BGE Continues Safety Contest for Elementary Students

​Each year, electric companies across the nation work to educate youth in their local communities about the electric power industry. This year, Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) announced the return of its annual BGE Wires Down Video Challenge.

The Challenge was created six years ago to educate elementary school-aged children on the importance of practicing electrical safety. Elementary school teachers in public and private schools across BGE's service territory work with their classes to submit 30-to-45-second videos of their interpretation of BGE's popular "Wires Down" electrical safety commercial.

By submitting a video, teachers and students have a chance to win between $1,000 and $10,000 to fund a school enrichment project. 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. 

Teachers of the first five entries will receive a portable power bank to recharge mobile devices. A $100 gift card to use toward the purchase of classroom supplies also will be presented to a randomly selected winner.

Originally produced in 2000, BGE’s Emmy Award-winning "Wires Down" commercial aims to help raise awareness of electricity hazards, especially among young children. Last year, Krieger Schechter Day School was the $10,000 grand prize winner for the second consecutive year. The school used the funding to buy specialized STEM Inquiry Kits for their science units. The kits include activities and hands-on experiments in varying subject areas, including weather, electricity, rocks and minerals, sound, and food chemistry.

To date, BGE has awarded more than $145,000 to 43 elementary schools across central Maryland as part of the BGE Wires Down Video Challenge. Voting for this year’s contest is now open, and the video entries can be found at bgevideochallenge.com.