Students get oil on renewable energy
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.