Are you ready for the Energy Challenges?
Energy Challenges brings together technology and behavior. In all project activity, attention is paid to both the technical aspects of energy (saving), and the social aspects such as energy-conscious behavior. These two components complement each other.
Students will discover and experience within a familiar environment how strongly energy is intertwined with everything we do every day. They learn about concepts such as “electricity” and “heat,” the cost of energy and where energy comes from. In addition, they learn what within their school consumes the most energy and what you can do about it, they get to work in school and especially with the school’s energy bill!
The assignments of the Energy Challenges are very varied and touch different fields of study. By participating in this project, you are already meeting several core objectives and 21st century skills anyway. The more comprehensively you tackle the project, the more targets you can hit.
The following core objectives are covered during the Energy Challenges: 2, 5, 23, 35, 39, 42, 49 and 54. In addition, the following 21st-century skills are covered: digital literacy, critical thinking, creative thinking and action, problem-solving thinking and action, communication and collaboration.
Elaborations of core objectives and skills.
During Energy Challenges, students take ownership of the project. Developing inquiry and design skills are paramount. They themselves get to be the scientist who researches and designs. The different steps of the Energy Challenges can therefore be categorized into the different steps of the circle of inquiry-based learning established by SLO.
As a teacher, you are challenged to let go of your classic teaching role and take on more of a (process) guiding rather than directing role. You are going to “let go” of the students, so to speak. As a teacher, you facilitate by making space, time and attention available. Enthuse students, stimulate their own creativity and motivate self-discovery.
Energy Challenges we do together. A detailed description of the teacher’s role can be found in the teacher’s guide. In addition, Energy Challenges obviously has an important coordinating and supporting role. We support both student and teacher. In what ways do we do this?
There is no set start date for the Energy Challenges. We can individually coordinate what best suits your school. Would you like to combine Energy Challenges with thematic work or a special occasion. You can! We recommend setting aside at least 10 weeks for the Energy Challenges.
What exactly are you going to do during each activity?
View the teacher’s guide via the button below.
The Energy Challenges campaign assignment consists of 9 steps. Teams earn a star for each step they complete. Read below what steps teams must complete to get all the stars.
Identity is that which makes something or someone unique or distinctive. This may involve a person’s personal identity. Then you describe characteristics of a person such as name and age, as well as character traits. In this case, it is about the identity of Energy Challenges teams.
All teams work on their identity during the following assignments:
Have students identify what the current situation is at school (so don’t think of solutions yet).
Each team chooses one of the developed concepts: who and what do they need? Teams establish and distribute tasks. They elaborate on the idea.
What measures will the teams deploy to save energy? Are the savings measurable and visible on the monitoring equipment?
How do teams reach as many people as possible and make others want to join their campaign?
How do teams involve parents and other organizations in their campaign? Through sponsorships and other contributions, opportunities are growing! He who does not dare does not win!
The teams make great presentations of their actions in the campaign.
Support teams in organizing an event for your school and/or parents and local residents. Get them to save energy too!
Will the campaigns have an effect after the finals? Together, devise a way for the actions the teams have taken to have an effect in the next school year.