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Posted 1/12/2015

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By Diana Fredlund


Bonneville Lock and Dam will host its fifteenth annual Great Electrifying Event Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Washington Shore Visitor Center.

This free educational event teaches the basics of electricity and how it is generated at Bonneville Lock and Dam. It is geared toward elementary and middle school students, but is informative and fun for the entire family.

Learn how different forms of energy work through hands-on activities and videos and take a tour inside Bonneville’s Powerhouse 2 – where visitors can walk on top of two generators and partially inside another.

Visit all of the stations and take a tour in about an hour and a half ... and stamp your Great Electrifying Event Passport at each station to earn a prize!

The Corps of Engineers is hosting the Great Electrifying Event in support of National Engineering Week. We think engineers are cool – and want to encourage young students to explore interesting topics included in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

To reach the Washington Shore Visitor Center via Interstate 84, travel east and take the Bridge of the Gods exit, cross the bridge and turn left on Washington State Route 14. Follow to milepost 39 and turn onto Dam Access Road, about one mile west of the dam or three miles west of the Bridge of the Gods. Follow the signs to the visitor center.

Other visitor facilities are available on the Oregon side of the river off Interstate 84 at exit 40. The Bradford Island Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors also can stop by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Fish Hatchery and catch a glimpse of Herman the Sturgeon.

For more information about Bonneville Lock and Dam, call 541-374-8820 or visit the Portland District website at: http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Locations/ColumbiaRiver/Bonneville.aspx.

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