Minister White Launches Interactive Energy Education Resource for Primary Schools
‘Exploring Our Energy’ Brings Our Energy Challenge to Life in the Classroom
Monday 4th May, 2015: Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources visited Oatlands Primary School in Stillorgan, County Dublin last week to formally launch ‘Exploring Our Energy’, an energy education resource for primary schools. It explores energy and climate change in a practical and exciting way through a range of interactive digital resources. The programme was developed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) in collaboration with St Patricks College of Education.
Speaking at the launch Minister White said “We owe it to future generations to teach our children about the challenges and opportunities in how we use energy into the future. We must also inspire and empower all children to play their part in addressing energy and the issue of global warming. Seeing the enthusiasm and appetite for learning among the pupils at Oatlands, I realise the great opportunity we have to build societal awareness and positive engagement in sustainable energy.”
Dr Brian Motherway, SEAI Chief Executive added “We are very excited about this latest education resource, spanning all ages in primary school. The feedback from teachers as we developed the resource has been overwhelmingly positive. Working with St Patricks College has been great, ensuring the programme properly reflects the latest teaching methods and curriculum content.”
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NOTES TO EDITOR:
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has a mission to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. SEAI is partly financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union.
Exploring our Energy
- Exploring Our Energy supports the Primary Science Curriculum, in which similar themes are explored at each class level.
- There are four programmes, one for each age group: Junior and Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd Class, 3rd and 4th Class, 5th and 6th Class. Each level has a number of lesson plans, interactive whiteboard resources, photocopiable masters and Powerpoint slides to make it suitable for all schools.
Teachers are encouraged to avail of these workshops which are free of charge to schools throughout the country and can be booked via www.seai.ie
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