Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) announces the launch of the 2015 ‘Adventures of Captain Mercaptan, BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge,’ as a creative and engaging way to educate school-aged children on the importance of natural gas safety.
Now through March 15, public and private elementary schools across BGE’s service area are invited to work with their students in kindergarten through fifth grade to submit hand-drawn comic book covers featuring BGE’s natural gas safety hero, Captain Mercaptan, for the chance to win up to $10,000 to fund a school enrichment program.
The downloadable entry kit is available online. Captain Mercaptan takes his name from “mercaptan,” the safety additive that BGE and other gas utilities add to normally odorless natural gas to give it a distinctive, easy-to-detect smell.
Starting March 23, entries will compete against each other during a two-week online public voting period. The winning schools will be announced in early May 2015.
In addition to the Captain Mercaptan Challenge, BGE provides schools and students with energy safety and other educational materials on safety, including classroom lessons, teacher guides, experiments and games – all of which are available on the e-Smart Kids website.