Educational Programs

Powering Your Child’s Future with Knowledge.

Whether your kids are interested in science, electricity, or how our government works, we’ve got a program for them!

Safety Training

Electrical Safety and Energy-Saving Education

Because energy safety and conservation education is especially important for school-aged children, we offer a fun, multi-dimensional program for fourth graders in our service territory. During the one-hour presentation, kids learn safety and energy- saving habits through an electrical simulation board, showing them how power is delivered to homes and schools. Our simulator is complete with a meter base, breaker panel, lights, outlets, switches, and high voltage power lines. The potential danger electricity presents is simulated when we “fry” a hotdog on pseudo high-voltage power lines—this part of the lesson is always a highlight of the program. If you’re interested in bringing the presentation to your school, teachers can contact NineStar Energy Advisor Matt Strahl at mstrahl@ninestarconnect.com or 317-323-2042.

Scholarship Program

Our Scholarship Program

NineStar provides 15 scholarships annually to exceptional high school seniors in our service area.

The criteria:

  • The graduating senior must live in a NineStar-member household.
  • The student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale or its equivalent, at the time of the application.
  • Application forms must be submitted to NineStar’s South Campus by March 5, 2021.

Scholarship applications are available here. For more information, please contact Kim Gerard at administration@ninestarconnect.com or 317-323-2105.

Youth Tour

Washington, D.C. Youth Tour

Area high school juniors can apply to join other Indiana teens on a once-in-a-lifetime educational trip to our nation’s capital.

Since 1960, the Indiana Electric Cooperative has offered the annual trip through its member co-ops, providing young Hoosiers the opportunity to learn about the federal government and the cooperative utility industry. They also enhance their leadership skills, make lifelong friendships, and leave with great memories! The seven-day program begins with a tour of the Indiana Statehouse and a get-acquainted dinner. The next day the students fly to Pennsylvania, where they visit historic Gettysburg before heading to Washington, D.C., for a night tour of the city.

To be eligible, applicants must have completed their junior year in high school and be enrolled for their senior year (at time of the tour). For more information, please contact Marketing Coordinator Christa Riggs, at criggs@ninestarconnect.com. or 317-323-2132. NineStar sponsors two students each year. Learn more about Youth Tour and apply here.

Conference

Indiana Electric Cooperative Page Day

Participating in Page Day with the Indiana Senate teaches high school students about state government and how bills become law. Highlights include an Indiana Statehouse tour, mock bill activity, and hearing from special speakers. Students may also see the Indiana Legislature in action and meet their legislators. If you have questions, contact Ann Mears at amears@indianaec.org, (317)487-2226. Page Day applications are available here. 

Teens

Youth Power and Hope Awards

Our Youth Power and Hope Awards program honors students in fifth through eighth grades who are leaders in their communities and whose parents are members of Indiana’s electric co-ops. Five winners are selected to attend a special program in their honor in Indianapolis in December. Winners are also featured in Indiana’s electric cooperatives’s magazine Electric Consumer and The NineStar Connection.

To be considered, students must reside with a member of one of Indiana’s electric co-ops and submit an application (by Oct. 2, 2020) detailing their community involvement. A reference letter from a trusted adult is also required.

Past award recipients include students who have initiated a coat drive for the underprivileged, supported patients at Riley Hospital for Children, worked with special needs children, volunteered at a local animal shelter, raised money for the American Cancer Society, and more.

Parents, visit indianaconnection.org/?p=230 for an application and to learn about past recipients. Questions? info@IndianaConnection.org or 317.487.2220

Canooing

Touchstone Energy Camp

Touchstone Energy Camp provides a fun, powerful, and unique camp experience designed for sixth grade students from all over Indiana. Hosted at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana, YMCA Outdoor Center, the students play games and make new friends while learning about electricity.

To learn more and attend, visit the Touchstone Energy Camp website. Applications are reviewed by NineStar and submitted to Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC). Questions? Contact our marketing department at marketing@ninestarconnect.com or (317) 323-2129.