Highlands and Islands Enterprise has developed a renewable energy toolkit for Primary 6-7 children in the Highlands and Islands. The toolkit has been distributed to primary teachers who have undertaken a CPD workshop session on renewable energy, which takes them through the toolkit, factsheets and activities. The training sessions will give teachers a greater understanding of how renewable energy works and the issues around renewable energy and energy efficiency so they can effectively teach their pupils about the subject.
The toolkit will stimulate the children's interest in renewable energy through play, investigation, first hand experience and discussion. It aims to give pupils an understanding of how renewable energy can impact their lives and the communities they live in. Engaging with young people on the subject of energy is vital if they are to drive this industry forward in years to come.
This project is closely linked to the Curriculum for Excellence which aims to enable young people to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors. The toolkit and associated activities are basic physics for 10 and 11 year olds.
By the summer of 2010, 400 toolkits will have been distributed to primary schools across the Highlands and Islands. Toolkits are only available to those who have undertaken the CPD session.