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FuturEnergia

FuturEnergia
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School / organization: European Schoolnet
Country: Other Country
Rue de Trèves 61
B-1040 Brussels BELGIUM
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Keywords: energy future chats debates competitions
Age of pupils: 10-20
Learning aims: The project aims to:

- encourage teachers to integrate innovative inquiry-based approaches into science teaching in schools in response to the needs of students and of the society;

- reinforce science education at all levels in schools by offering a set of activities that are based on multiple innovative practices;

- publish and maintain a website where teachers can get support through educational materials as well as opportunities to interact with peers across Europe;

- encourage parents, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and local communities to make a contribution to science education in schools.

Short description: The programme is designed to value, promote and disseminate science teaching experiences that are based on:

- problem-based inquiry;
- hands-on and minds-on activities;
- teamwork and individual work on open-ended questions;
- cross-curricular activities;
- relevance of science content in the school context.

The programme covers three main areas:

- Energy efficiency as a result of design impact and material selection on energy consumption;
- Climate protection through reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
- Resource efficiency through conserving natural resources and sustainable development.

The school programme consists of four online activities and competitions that are accompanied by specific guidelines. They are:

1. Design competition
2. Energy Scouts competition
3. Energy debates
4. Chats

Reflection: According to the respondents the top ten benefits of the Energy is our Future (FuturEnergia) school programme, in terms of teaching energy-related themes, are:

Raising awareness about energy efficiency, climate protection and resource efficiency;
Enhancing school curriculum in terms of energy education content; Encouraging classes to produce Web-based content by using Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and a set of online tools that were available on the programme portal;
Providing language learning and teaching opportunities in relation to science;
Improving daily behaviour in terms of energy saving; Taking part in the competitions provided team work opportunities;
Participating in online debates (chats) focusing on energy-related themes;
Sharing good practice examples of teaching science; Enabling teachers to approach science teaching in a cross-curricular manner and therefore encouraging students to connect science to their daily lives; Connecting classes to worldwide contemporary subjects such as climate change and energy challenges.

Date added: 2009-10-12 12:36:42    Hits: 136
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