Hivve: an ed­u­ca­tion ecosys­tem

The Australian Education Reporter - - SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS -

RAPID growth in stu­dent num­bers, an in­creas­ing con­cern for the environment, and es­ca­lat­ing en­ergy costs are chal­leng­ing schools to find new ways to pro­vide the qual­ity in­fra­struc­ture es­sen­tial for good learn­ing out­comes.

Ed­u­ca­tors are also aware of a grow­ing body of re­search that shows the qual­ity of the built environment di­rectly af­fects learn­ing out­comes.

In ad­di­tion, evolv­ing teach­ing and learn­ing prac­tices mean that ag­ing, legacy school build­ings of­ten aren’t able (or ide­ally suited) to pro­vide the right learn­ing environment.

So how do schools meet these chal­lenges and pro­vide great qual­ity spa­ces that pos­i­tively sup­port learn­ing and the environment?

The new Hivve class­room is an ed­u­ca­tion eco-sys­tem that has been specif­i­cally de­signed to cre­ate the best pos­si­ble learn­ing environment in a truly sus­tain­able way.

Hivves en­gage with stu­dents pro­vid­ing practical, real life learn­ing path­ways that ex­plore how the built environment can pos­i­tively in­ter­act with the nat­u­ral environment.

The Hivve class­room in­cor­po­rates a so­lar PV sys­tem in­te­grated with smart tech­nol­ogy which mea­sures and mon­i­tors en­ergy gen­er­a­tion, en­ergy use as well as in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal air tem­per­a­ture and qual­ity.

This data is dis­played in the class­room on a dash­board in real time and is also accessible through a web por­tal al­low­ing for ad­di­tional anal­y­sis.

Hivves are an en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble pow­er­house, gen­er­at­ing enough zero car­bon emis­sion elec­tric­ity to power all of its’ elec­tri­cal sys­tems in­clud­ing air con­di­tion­ing.

In fact, the Hivves cur­rently de­ployed have been gen­er­at­ing about 5 to 6 times what they use. This sur­plus elec­tric­ity is ex­ported and con­sumed within the school, re­duc­ing the amount of en­ergy the school buys from the grid.

Even on ex­tremely hot days, when out­door tem­per­a­tures have ex­ceeded 40oc, the Hivves are able to cre­ate and main­tain com­fort­able in­door tem­per­a­tures and ex­port elec­tric­ity to the rest of the school.

Hivves keep gen­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity even when school’s out on week­ends and hol­i­days, fur­ther pow­er­ing the school and ex­port­ing to the grid.

Per­haps one of the most ex­cit­ing as­pects of the Hivve ed­u­ca­tion ecosys­tem is its abil­ity to en­able stu­dents to en­gage with the tech­nol­ogy and en­joy practical, real life les­sons in re­spon­si­ble sus­tain­able liv­ing.

As the Hon Josh Fry­den­berg, MP, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for the Environment and En­ergy, noted dur­ing his re­cent visit to a Hivve class­room: “this is a great op­por­tu­nity for our stu­dents to learn about en­ergy pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion as well as var­i­ous ex­cit­ing tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ments – many of which Aus­tralia is at the fore­front”.

This has cer­tainly been true for some year 6 stu­dents learn­ing in a Hivve class­room in south west Syd­ney, who have shown how en­thu­si­as­tic our next gen­er­a­tion of kids are about sus­tain­able liv­ing. They fully em­brace the need to re­duce car­bon emis­sions and value the op­por­tu­nity to see how they can make a dif­fer­ence.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how Hivve build­ings and tech­nol­ogy can im­prove the sus­tain­abil­ity and learn­ing out­comes at your school, visit:

In­side a Hivve class­room.

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