Los Angeles (May 22, 2020) – The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is providing several resources that students, teachers and parents can access online while staying “safer at home.”
e-SMARTkids Website Link
The special, newly-revised and updated comprehensive online link, e-SMARTkids, contains numerous lessons, experiments and games for students; lesson guides for teachers; and information for parents on electricity and electric safety.
It also has an extensive section on future careers in the green industry and the electric utility industry. The link can be accessed by going directly to https://ladwp.e-smartonline.net or by visiting www.ladwp.com/education and clicking on the “Electric Safety Activities” dropdown menu on the left.
Water Conservation Virtual Chat
This recorded 44-minute virtual chat covers important information about the background and history of LADWP as well as local water supply sources for the city of Los Angeles, the water cycle and best practices in both indoor and outdoor conservation.
LADWP’s Cathleen Chavez-Morris, an environmental supervisor and water conservation expert, leads this session for grades 1-8 which also responds to questions from students. To access the session, just click on the graphic above.
Emmy Award-Winning Electric Safety Video
This LADWP electric safety video not only covers the basics of electricity but goes through several examples of outdoor hazards and how to prevent them.
It includes a demonstration that is presented at schools and community groups but then goes into real world examples, showing several additional scenarios of numerous hazards and how to keep safe with and around electricity outside.
The video can be accessed by going to e-smartonline.net or going to www.ladwp.com/education, then clicking “Electric Safety Activities” on the dropdown menu at the left.
In addition, two brightly illustrated, colorful and unique children’s books, “Los Angeles Water Future” and “Los Angeles Clean Energy Future,” provide in English and Spanish, student-friendly summaries of how LADWP provides water and power services. The books describe most current water and energy subjects such as keeping water safe, LADWP’s plans for increasing renewable energy resources and water conservation efforts. The books also point to how LADWP plans to meet the city’s future water and energy needs.
Both books also indicate how students can be involved and include lessons for teachers to present with their students. These books can be fully accessed by going to www.ladwp.com/education and clicking on the dropdown menu on left called “Children’s Books.”
Los Angeles Times in Education
In addition, for the past several years, LADWP has sponsored the Los Angeles Times in Education Program (TIE) which covers all major topics related to the utility. The TIE program integrates with the newspaper, using it as a living textbook.
The program includes three guides (two pictured above)—““Water, Energy, the Environment and You,” “Conservation Connection – Water,” and “Conservation Connection – Energy”– that are fully accessible at www.ladwp.com/education.
Teachers in grades 4-12 can also sign-up with the LA Times to receive free access to the newspaper’s digital edition. LADWP has partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District, non-profit organizations and other utilities working with teachers, administrators and students in presenting numerous programs, teacher trainings and lesson materials for more than 40 years.
LADWP has provided water and electric services to the city of Los Angeles residents and businesses for more than a century. It is the nation’s largest municipally-owned utility.
Additional Online Resources
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) Education Programs
MWD has an extensive array of virtual and online resources for teachers, students and parents.
MWD is a wholesale agency that provides water to LADWP and other Southern California utilities in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.
The agency also partners with member water agencies on education programs throughout its area. It sponsors numerous programs and materials including digital and virtual resources available to schools, teachers students and parents throughout its five-county area including the city of Los Angeles. To Access MWD education programs and resources go to: https://conta.cc/3cpq3e6.
California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
This state agency manages the State Water Project and the California Aqueduct providing water to cities and farms throughout California.
It provides an extensive list of education materials online but will also mail materials to families. To review these resources from DWR go to: https://water.ca.gov/education-materials.