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Resources for Teachers

Tours

Field trips – in-person and online.

TEP offers several resources – free to teachers – which allow students to participate in interactive museum exhibits, solar array sites, and virutally through downloadable materials.

Free Tours

Schools where 50% or more of the student population is eligible for the federal school lunch program can receive educational tours free. TEP provides the funding for qualifying school groups.

Middle School Visit to TCM

Electri-City is fantastic learning opportunity – and it's fun!
View a museum tour in action.

Free tours are booked on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Originally installed in 1995, TEP's hands-on exhibit at the Tucson Children's Museum (TCM) teaches visitors about electric safety, the history of electric power and the science behind their electric service.

The exhibit updates periodically so that return visitors learn new lessons. Recently, solar panels were installed on top of a constructed outdoor playhouse, creating an interactive environment for children to see renewable energy in action.

Sign Up for a Museum Tour

To find out if your school qualifies and to book your tour, teachers should call the museum at 520-792-9985, ext. 105, during regular business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Sun Collection in 3D

Take a tour to see various different solar arrays. TEP provides a site with rows of solar panels which harness energy from the sun. TEP and other organizations use this area to test different solar panels and systems and also to supply electricity to the grid – the network of transmission sites that delivers power to customers.

Solar energy production is a critical aspect of TEP's power production as we strive to supply clean, sustainable energy to our customers. Our test yard helps us find the most productive, cost efficient equipment to achieve that goal.

Contact Us

For information, call 884-3677.

To sign up for a tour, email Adria Brooks at adriab@email.arizona.edu.

Please schedule tours at least a week in advance of desired tour date.

Prior to taking your tour, view this video to ensure the safety of all visitors to TEP's Solar Test Yard.

How Electricity is Made

The acres of sprawling buildings, electric equipment and massive stacks at TEP's Sundt Generating Station naturally invoke questions and curiosity about how electricity is made. Unfortunately, because of insurance restrictions, power plant tours are not available to school classes, scout troops, etc. nor to individuals under 16 years of age.

In lieu of a physical tour, teachers and students can take a "virtual" tour that actually shows with graphic illustrations how TEP generates electricity to augment what a physical tour couldn't show.

This free presentation offers an insider's view to the TEP processing plant. Students can learn how electricity is manufactured from an industrial perspective – without having to step inside the actual facility. This download is offered as a PowerPoint version or a PDF version. Once downloaded to your computer, you can walk students through how power is produced.