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Seeing science at work

Klickitat PUD employees show students that science has real world applications


October 16, 2019

Contributed: Beth Schroder

TRY THESE ON: Klickitat PUD's Robert Dorais, Todd Niva, and John Tallman provide Goldendale Primary School fourth graders the opportunity to try on the insulated gloves they wear as part of their safety equipment.

Klickitat PUD staff visited Goldendale Primary School on Oct. 8 to show a real-world application of what the fourth graders had been studying in science class.

Following a unit on electricity, conductors and circuits, the GPS fourth grade classes were able to see up close the materials and equipment that KPUD linemen use to make sure the power stays on or to provide services to new customers.

The group also was able to see the drone resources Klickitat PUD staff is using to evaluate power lines and structures.

Staking Engineer Greg Fahlenkamp gave a presentation and showed images of KPUD power structures taken using the drone camera. Brandon Johnson, KPUD engineering tech, gave a drone flying demonstration for the students.

Students were then able to visit with a Klickitat PUD line crew and see a digger derrick truck, insulators, conductors, power line material and other items. The line crew visiting GPS consisted of foreman Todd Niva, linemen Craig Noviks and Robert Dorais, groundman John Tallman, and apprentice lineman Jess Beierle.


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