The Adventures of Captain Mercaptan℠
A BGE Natural Gas Safety Hero Challenge

Who Is Captain Mercaptan?

Calling all elementary school teachers! Are you interested in a new art or science project? Looking for a STEM focused lesson plan? Would you like to help your school win $10,000?! Participate in The Adventures of Captain Mercaptan and your school could win BIG. The contest is open to all elementary schools (grades K-5) within the BGE service area. Read the Marvel® and Captain Mercaptan comic book with your students and have them create a comic strip about an important gas safety message they learned.

Entries accepted until November 13, 2017. The online public voting period will run from November 20 – December 3 and winners will be announcement in January 2018.

Visit to download the official entry kit or sign up for a free BGE safety presentation at your school.

The votes are in and the following schools are the 2016 winners of The Adventures of Captain Mercaptan! contest.  BGE thanks all the schools that worked with their students to promote natural gas safety within their community and submitted entries in this year’s challenge. We received an impressive number of submissions this year, all of which clearly illustrated your students’ knowledge of natural gas and what to do in the event of a natural gas emergency. 2016 winners include:

  • $10,000 Captain’s Choice Award and BGE Hero Award (fifth grade): Windsor Farm Elementary School, Annapolis, MD
  • $5,000 BGE Hero Award (kindergarten grade): Fallstaff Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore, MD
  • $5,000 BGE Hero Award (first grade): Jarrettsville Elementary School, Jarrettsville, MD
  • $5,000 BGE Hero Award (second grade): Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Essex, MD
  • $5,000 BGE Hero Award (third grade): North Bend Elementary School, Jarrettsville, MD
  • $5,000 BGE Hero Award (fourth grade): Perry Hall Christian School, Perry Hall, MD