Energy Month launches with new game to educate young people about energy efficiency
Over 2,600 schools and 25 local authorities sign up to take part
Thousands of schools and local authorities across the country have signed up to Energy Month, an initiative run by EDF Energy’s schools programme – The Pod. The free educational project runs throughout November and is designed to inspire young people to explore the big energy questions society faces with interactive games and videos.
This year The Pod has created an online energy game to spark a debate among schoolchildren about energy efficiency. ’13 Squander Street’ requires pupils to find lights and gadgets that have been left on around a house and splat the wasteful appliances with ‘money monsters’.
Other resources available to teachers, schools and local authorities include: videos, lesson plans, assemblies, take home worksheets, presentations and games. Topics covered by the resources range from the history of electricity and its invention right through to how energy can be produced in a low carbon way.
Teachers taking part in the month can also download fascinating energy facts from the Pod to spark discussions and support learning.
Robyn Thorn, EDF Energy’s Education Programme Manager said: “We know that gamification is a proven learning technique that can really help with children’s understanding of a topic. We hope to inspire children and young people to find out more about the big energy issues that face us all. We want the next generation to be more energy aware and help us to tackle climate change.”
Energy Month also asks older pupils to engage in debates on a range of issues, such as the such as the benefits and drawbacks of each energy source, from coal and gas through to nuclear, wind and solar.
All of The Pod’s resources, including Energy Month, are linked to the national curriculum and are accredited by Eco-Schools England. The Pod also works with partners such as the Met Office and the British Science Association to help develop its resources.
To sign up to Energy Month and for more information about EDF Energy’s The Pod, visit www.jointhepod.org.
Launched in September 2008, the Pod sits at the heart of EDF Energy’s programme for greener schools. It was developed to help EDF Energy meet its Sustainability Commitment of engaging with 2.5 million children by 2012 in learning about the sustainable use of energy. The Pod now has some 18,000 registered schools and community groups, and seeks to engage young people on energy, science and sustainability. It aims to make real and measurable difference to the energy usage and carbon output of schools across the UK and to provide practical support, activities and materials for teachers.
www.jointhepod.org is an interactive website for teachers providing free lesson plans, activities, games and information all with cross curricular links. The content is currently aimed at key stages 1, 2 and 3. The ethos of the Pod is ‘Share your ideas and inspire each other’, which is why the site also encourages pupils and teachers to blog about their activities and to post photos and videos to showcase their green projects.