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This project based learning program involves a Stage 3 class developing and delivering an energy efficiency plan to the whole school community to help reduce the carbon footprint of your school. This hands on project helps students gain an understanding of the link between energy consumption and climate change, and helps them to develop and implement an energy efficiency plan using a Science and Technology Design brief. The project also supports regional and DEC targets for curriculum (including maths and literacy), student leadership and sustainability education outcomes.

The program involves the class working in teams, to implement a whole school energy efficiency plan. Each team involved in the plan will be supported on the incursion day with tasks, resources and hands on activities to enhance student outcomes.

Participating schools will need to provide background information to the centre prior to the incursion  including energy bills, class lists and school organisational information.

Click the WOW Film Clip to see some of the activities students will be participating in and perspectives of teachers on the benefits of participating in the program.

School follow up activities 

Many schools participating in the program have achieved considerable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs, and there have been a number of methods used by students to promote their energy efficiency strategies to the school community. 

Ferncourt PS set up a Wiki Space to promote the strategies they used in their energy efficiency plans for their school. Click the Ferncourt PS Wikispace link to further understand the roles of the different teams in creating this plan and to get ideas that can be used and developed in your school. 

Caringbah North PS produced a powerpoint presentation of their Watch our Watts achievements. Click the Caringbah PS link to view their presentation.

Summary of Learning Sites, Activities and Student Outcomes

Learning Site

Activity

Student Outcomes

Students will be able to:

Fieldwork in Action

Your classroom

1. Pre-visit activities

All students are required to work through a computer based self-paced unit found in the Riverina EEC website. 

Understand the science of energy production and Climate Change and its impact.

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Your classroom

2. Do you want to be a millionaire?

Interactive ‘game show’ style introduction to build knowledge around the concepts of Climate Change/Global Warming and Energy Efficiency.

Increase student understanding of the concepts and terminology associated with the program.

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Your classroom

3. The Heat is On / Webgraphs and bill interpretation

DVD focusing on how schools can contribute to energy efficiency.

Have a raised awareness of strategies to include in their energy efficiency plans.

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Your classroom

4. Hot Spot

Students will learn about the importance of conserving energy to reduce green gas emission to slow the pace of global warming

Understand the effects of climate change e.g. global warming, greenhouse gases emissions etc. and the effect on humankind and environments.

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Your classroom

5. Watts Workout

Students will match appliance cards with their respective wattages to determine which appliances use the most amount of energy. A demonstration of a ‘Powermate’ appliance will be used to show how much energy can be saved when appliances are on standby. 

 

To identify appliances which use the most amount of energy and make informed choices when using those appliances. 

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6. Lighting Low Down

Students will undertake an investigation of various areas of the school to calculate the levels of light available (in lux) using a light meter. They will determine which areas of the school are over lit to consider in the energy efficiency plan. 

Use their experience of engaging in a lighting audit to develop environmentally friendly strategies based on the data collected. 

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Your classroom

7. Energy Efficiency Plan

Introduce a design brief for a school energy efficiency plan. Students will, in teams, work on a design brief template to initiate an energy efficiency plan.  This should be integrated into the School Environmental Management Plan.  

Understand their role in contributing to  ecologically sustainable practices to improve energy efficiency in both at school and at home.

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