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The Adventures of Captain Mercaptan®, a BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge, Has Begun!

Contest Submissions Due November 11, up to $35,000 in Grant Funding Awarded in January

Captain Mercaptan, BGE’s natural gas safety hero, has been teaching children about the importance of gas safety for five years – and now you have an opportunity to share this life-saving information with your students and win up to $10,000 in grant funding for your elementary school. 

It’s easy – follow the STEM-focused lesson plans, work with your students to create a safety comic strip featuring Captain Mercaptan, and enter for a chance to win the following:

  • BGE Captain Award: $10,000
  • BGE Hero Award: $5,000 for winners in kindergarten through fifth grade (one winner per grade)
  • Early entry prizes
  • Pizza party for the very first class that enters
  • Plus, teachers from winning schools receive a $100 or $500 prize

Visit to download the contest entry kit which includes contest guidelines, award  structure and STEM-focused lesson plans. The Adventures of Captain Mercaptan, a BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge is open to both public and private elementary schools in BGE’s service area, and all entries must be submitted online by November 11, 2018.

The Adventures of Captain Mercaptan®, BGE's Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge