Take part in one of our student workshops and explore the topic of energy and sustainability in a fun and engaging way. We offer workshops for primary and post-primary students.

Primary Junior Workshops

Meet Guzzler!

Guzzler the puppet can visit your school to help the children learn about energy. This workshop is suitable for Senior Infants and 1st Class.

Learn through games and activity

The children meet Guzzler the puppet who loves to waste energy. Through a series of games and activities they learn where our energy comes from, why and how we save energy.

How it fits in with the science curriculum

The workshop covers several strands of the science curriculum.

Living Things Energy and Forces Environmental Awareness
How food gets its energy and how the energy from food is used to make their bodies work. How clothes keep heat in our bodies and how moving around can generate heat. Children learn that light, sound, heat and electricity are forms of energy. A mime game communicates different ways we use energy every day. The children learn how Guzzler wastes energy and they are can tell him how to waste less. This prompts them to think about energy at home and at school.

Interactive learning and fun

Throughout the workshop, children are asked to come up to the front of the classroom to help out with the various games and activities. By choosing different children each time, we aim to have as many children as possible involved.

Workshop duration and location

This workshop is approximately 45 minutes long and is for senior infants and 1st class. It may also suit junior infants and 2nd class, depending on their level. Workshops can take place in the classroom and our facilitator cariies out three workshops in a typical school day. The teacher must stay with the class during the workshop.

Advance preparation

In advance of the workshop, the school will be sent "Guzzler's Big Book on Energy" and "Guzzler Investigates Energy" to read with the children in advance of the workshops.

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Primary Senior Workshops

Energy Challenge

The Energy Challenge Workshop is for pupils from 3rd to 6th class but can also be suitable for 2nd class.

Hands on fun and learning

This is a great hands on workshop for students to explore the topic of energy. Students will carry out energy experiments, play the energy game, and have fun and learn.

What we cover

The workshop covers the following topics in an engaging and practical way.

  • The principals of energy
  • The current global problems and what we can do to help
  • The science of energy and climate change

How it fits in with the science curriculum

Energy and forces Environmental awareness and care
We use bouncing balls to show the conversion of kinetic energy to sound, heat and vibration. Newton’s Cradle will show the laws of motion in action. The workshop also uses potato or lemon batteries to investigate the conversion of chemical energy to electrical energy. The students will discuss renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. They look at the problems associated with climate change and the things they, as individuals can do to save energy.

Workshop duration and location

This workshop takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Our facilitators do up to 3 workshops during the school day. If possible workshops should take place in a school hall where the facilitator can set up for the whole day.

Requirements from the school / teachers

  1. Three workshops to be run in one day
  2. Maximum 30 pupils per workshop
  3. Teacher must stay with the class during the workshop
  4. Ideally we will have use of the school hall

Advance preparation

In advance of the workshop, the school will get a copy of ‘The Story of Energy’, book and DVD to show and read to the pupils in preparation for the workshop.

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Junior Cycle Workshops

This workshop is designed to engage students with the theme of energy and encourages students to think critically. It links with a range of curriculum subject areas including Science, Geography and CSPE. This workshop uses everyday objects to investigate the subject of energy.

What we cover

The students are split into groups of 4 or 5 students. The format of the workshop is as follows:

Discussion and demonstrations

These cover the forms and sources of energy including:

  • Renewable and non-renewable sources
  • The need for energy efficiency
  • Conversion of kinetic energy to sound, heat and vibration
  • Newton's Third law of Motion

Group experiments

  • Self inflating balloons show how to generate carbon dioxide through chemical reactions
  • Use of a tuning fork to investigate the movement of sound waves in solids, liquids and gases
  • Demonstrate energy conversion in an electrical circuit

Student involvement

We involve students in the learning process. They have to figure out how to:

  • Analyse the results of their experiments
  • Draw conclusions about energy efficiency
  • Show critical thinking on the way we generate and use energy on a daily basis
  • Examine the environmental implications of our energy use

Workshop duration and location

The workshop is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes in duration and will fit into a double class period. We can run up to two workshops during the school day which generally takes place in a science laboratory.

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Transition Year Workshop

This workshop engages transition year students on the topic of climate change and sustainability. This workshop addresses the causes and global impacts of climate change and renewable and non-renewable technologies.

How it fits in with the science curriculum

  • Junior Cycle Science
  • Environmental and Social Studies (ESS)
  • Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE)
  • Aspects of Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert Geography

What we cover

Part 1 - Discussion

The first part of the workshop is discussion based using video clips, maps, pictures, games and activities. Students evaluate how our everyday activities and actions such as burning of fossil fuels for heat and electricity in our homes, can have a global environmental impact. It introduces the concept of sustainable development and encourages the students to think about global issues and their solutions.

Part 2 - Group exercise

  • Each group is assigned a country
  • Each team member is given a role to represent various environmental and economic interest groups.
  • The group must decide which type of renewable energy they would like to develop to apply for a UN grant.
  • They need to evaluate different renewable energy technologies from an economic, environmental and sustainability perspective.
  • Make a brief presentation to the rest of the class on their findings.

Workshop duration and location

The workshop is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes in duration and should to fit into a double class period. The workshop can take place in a standard classroom.

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