Stu­dents learn about re­new­ables

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Forty stu­dents and teach­ers from six School­gen schools around the Waikato at­tended a Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy ex­ten­sion pro­gramme run by Gen­e­sis En­ergy’s School­gen ed­u­ca­tors at For­est Lake Pri­mary School in midNovem­ber.

The pri­mary fo­cus of the learn­ing was on re­new­able en­ergy, specif­i­cally so­lar power and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and in­cluded a group from Mata­mata Pri­mary School.

Other schools in­volved were For­est Lake, Maeroa In­ter­me­di­ate, St Peter Chanel Catholic School, Te Kowhai School and Var­don School. Th­ese schools were in­cluded in the En­ergy Clus­ter Day as a re­sult of their long term in­volve­ment in the Gen­e­sis En­ergy School­gen pro­gramme.

The stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties and pre­sen­ta­tions in­clud­ing build­ing an elec­tri­cal cir­cuit pow­ered by a mini pho­to­voltaic so­lar panel, mea­sur­ing light, in­ves­ti­gat­ing the so­lar spec­trum and re­search­ing re­new­able ver­sus non-re­new­able en­ergy.

Ac­cord­ing to Mag­gie Twad­dle, Gen­e­sis En­ergy’s School­gen Team Leader, the En­ergy Clus­ter Day is just one way in which the School­gen pro­gramme sup­ports schools with teach­ing Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy to en­sure it is em­bed­ded into each school’s cur­ricu­lum de­liv­ery pro­gramme. Gen­e­sis En­ergy’s School­gen pro­gramme aims to support teach­ers by giv­ing them in­no­va­tive and en­gag­ing tools to use with their stu­dents.

‘‘The En­ergy Clus­ter Day is a great way of fully im­mers­ing a group of stu­dents and their teach­ers in sci­ence. The stu­dents who at­tended are given the job of be­ing En­ergy Cham­pi­ons and so re­turn to their schools ex­cited and want­ing to share what they have learned with the other chil­dren,’’ Twad­dle said.

The School­gen pro­gramme was launched in 2006. It is one of Gen­e­sis En­ergy’s key cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tives and sup­ports teach­ing and learn­ing about re­new­able en­ergy and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

As part of the pro­gramme, Gen­e­sis En­ergy has pro­vided 66 schools to date across New Zealand with free two or four kilo­watt (kW) ar­rays of pho­to­voltaic pan­els from which they can gen­er­ate a por­tion of their elec­tric­ity. The real time so­lar data from each school en­ables ev­ery­one to see how much elec­tric­ity the so­lar pan­els are pro­duc­ing (www.school­gen.co.nz).

The web­site also of­fers free ed­u­ca­tional re­sources that are linked to the NZ Cur­ricu­lum and ex­plores elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion, so­lar en­ergy, pho­to­voltaic (PV) sys­tems and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

Twad­dle said: ‘‘With the Gen­e­sis En­ergy School­gen pro­gramme we are keen to help stu­dents across New Zealand learn more about re­new­able en­ergy and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency. Th­ese chil­dren will one day be our lead­ers . . . and so it is im­por­tant that they un­der­stand the role en­ergy plays in both their per­sonal lives and in the big­ger pic­ture.’’ .

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Great time: Mata­mata Pri­mary at­tended a Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy ex­ten­sion pro­gramme run by Gen­e­sis En­ergy’s School­gen ed­u­ca­tors ear­lier this month.

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