Stu­dents get oil on re­new­able en­ergy

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART

An in­ter­ac­tive les­son on so­lar power and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency cap­tured the at­ten­tion of pri­mary stu­dents at the School­gen En­ergy Clus­ter Day.

Mata­mata Pri­mary and Ge­n­e­sis En­ergy in­vited four chil­dren from each school in Mata­mata to learn more about re­new­able en­ergy and sus­tain­abil­ity.

They tried their hands at mak­ing elec­tri­cal cir­cuits pow­ered by mini so­lar (or PV) pan­els, in­ves­ti­gated the vis­i­ble in­frared and ul­tra­vi­o­let re­gions of the so­lar spec­trum, learnt how to find the an­gle of the sun from shad­ows, and held a de­bate on the pros and cons of re­new­able en­ergy.

School­gen en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tor Mag­gie Twad­dle said the aim was to teach chil­dren how im­por­tant sus­tain­able en­ergy would be in the fu­ture.

‘‘The idea is that the chil­dren will take their learn­ing back to their own school and act as cham­pi­ons for en­ergy ef­fi­ciency,’’ she said.

‘‘Th­ese chil­dren will one day be our lead­ers and de­ci­sion mak­ers and so it is im­por­tant that they un­der­stand the role en­ergy plays in both their per­sonal lives and in the big­ger pic­ture for our coun­try.’’

All the chil­dren scored free T-shirts and hats, as well as tiny so­lar pow­ered cars and a four-minute shower timer.

Mata­mata Pri­mary is one of the of­fi­cial school­gen schools that Ge­n­e­sis has pro­vided with free 2kW so­lar pan­els.

Team­work: Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents Molly Bond and Grace Kingston, 11, and Mata­mata Pri­mary stu­dents Shawna Stoner and Rylee Theobald, 10, use a lux me­tre to mea­sure the en­ergy of a light­bulb with the help of Ge­n­e­sis En­ergy School­gen ed­u­ca­tor Rob Duff.

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