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Power Outage Creates Teachable Moment
Power Outage Creates Teachable Moment

A power outage caused by a lightning strike led to a teachable moment for summer STEM students at Belmont Hills Elementary School.

The school building lost power during the severe weather on Tuesday afternoon, August 6, 2019. An inspection of the school's main transformer showed significant damage inside, likely due to arcing. A temporary transformer was brought in to power the school and power was restored Thursday morning, August 8.

The power loss didn't stop about 95 fourth and fifth grade students taking part in the Summer STEM Enrichment Program and their teachers from continuing their learning and exploration.

In fact, the outage turned into a lesson about high voltage electricity, taught by Lower Merion School District Director of Operations Jim Lill, who was onsite to supervise the repairs.

The good news is that the lights and air conditioning are all functioning again, and students experienced a "powerful" and "electrifying" lesson.