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Integration of Active Learning and Energy Monitoring with School Curriculum (ACTIVE LEARNING)

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The project promoted active learning and energy monitoring as a tool for energy education among children aged 6-12 years the idea. The project aimed to change  attitudes towards energy use among the future generation plus short- and long-term energy savings in school buildings and private households. In order to ensure that energy efficiency, renewable energy and transport become a more permanent topic in primary school education the project tried to lay the basis for integration of active learning into the national curricula. Illustrative success stories are by far the best way to promote any topic. The project created forerunners by inviting at least 150 schools to test a toolbox of selected material, created especially for teachers for integration with KidsCorner. The project included national seminars where the participating schools discussed their experiences with energy monitoring and active learning among themselves and with other educators, agencies and ministries.

Results

  • Lay the basis for integration of active learning on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport in the national school curricula of all partner countries.
  • Reduced energy consumption and energy integrated as part of school policy in participating school buildings (min. 10 for each of 15 partners) and homes of involved actors (5% annual reduction in all participating school buildings and 2% in participating
  • Implementation of energy monitoring activities carried out by children in minimum 150 primary schools (10 per partner) not already part of the SPARE and ECO school programme resulting in increased knowledge and behaviour change regarding energy efficien
  • Web-based toolbox for teachers on active learning activities on energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transport including energy monitoring materials.
  • Improved co-operation between energy experts, teachers, schools, school authorities, and energy agencies regarding energy education through establishment of reference groups and lasting routines as well as illustrative success stories that will function
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Lessons learned

  • In spite of great differences in the national curricula in the various partner countries and the curricula depending very much on the individual political climate - it is clear that important steps can be taken to prepare the ground for changes
  • Some children have found it difficult to gain the necessary access to the energy meter at their school but are still very keen to save energy.
  • The project partners are reporting that the teachers of the Champion Schools have applied the Active Learning activities in a variety of creative ways. It will be very interesting to share this experience with all Champion Schools towards the end of the project.
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Partners and coordinator

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Contact

Norsk Enok og Energi AS
Norway
Contact point: 
Name: 
Kirsten Dyhr-Mikkelsen
E-mail: 
Tel: 
0047 95 22 04 82

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In brief

Duration:
01/01/2006 to 31/12/2008
Contract number: 
EIHOR/EIE/05/159/2005

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