Renewables Makes Learning Fun

If the idea of bingo in the classroom sounds a bit unusual try asking the pupils at Holm Primary School in Inverness what they think and they’ll give you a rather different answer.

The game, which is all about climate change, is part of a programme of workshops designed to give youngsters across the Highlands and Islands hands-on experience about renewable energy.

Around 100 schools throughout the region are taking part in the project which is being run by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) between now and Christmas.

Elaine Hanton, head of renewables at HIE says: “The purpose of these workshops is to make learning fun while at the same time encouraging youngsters to take things such as energy efficiency and the development of different kinds of renewable energy technologies seriously.

“We tested out the format of the workshops in a number of centres and got a very positive feedback and are confident the content will really engage and enthuse young people.”

Each workshop includes a series of games about climate change and energy efficiency plus simple science-based experiments. Children also get to make a wind turbine and try out an anemometer so they can see the wind speeds at their schools.

The workshops are being co-ordinated by Community Service Volunteers (CSV) on behalf of HIE.

Elanor Gordon, project co-ordinator for CSV, said of the first workshops:
“The workshops are great for engaging children in a range of activities that will help them learn about the importance of reducing carbon emissions by being energy efficient and changing to renewable sources of energy.

“The feedback from teachers has showed them to be enthused and empowered to teach pupils further on this topic.”

The workshops will be running across the HIE network area up until Christmas. Primary schools in Inverness area include Smithton, Central, Muirtown and Merkinch.

Contact: Caroline Rham
Phone: 01463 244244
Email: caroline.rham@hient.co.uk
Website: http://www.hie.co.uk