Energy

Global Action Days

It’s that time of the year again. Time to act and help the environment! The Global Action Days is a campaign by the Foundation for Environmental Education to activate students and teachers to lead the change for a more sustainable world by getting involved in fun-filled, informative, activities. Participating in constructive, meaningful actions helps young people to see the point of being involved, and aids their understanding of what they can do themselves to help the environment. It’s all very simple. Plan your action, document the action by taking pictures, making a video or writing an article, register your school online and SHARE with the rest of the world on our Global Action Days Facebook page in the week of 9-15 November 2015. The chosen theme for Global Days of Action 2015 is Climate Change because of the Climate Conference known as COP21 which takes place in Paris later this year. The conference is about all governments agreeing to a deal to significantly reduce man-made Climate Change. As Climate Change is such a huge topic, FEE believes it is the ideal theme to focus on in 2015. All information on how to join this action can be found on www.ecoschools.global/global-action-days #globalactiondays #FEE #EcoSchools The Global Action Booklet is also available here.

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Young People Earth’s Summit 2013

After the success of the first Young People’s Environmental Summit held last year as part of the 10th Anniversary of EkoSkola, we decided to organise the event again to give our students another opportunity to develop citizenship skills. This year, the summit was held on the 25th February 2013 in an effort to provide students with an opportunity to talk to the political parties in preparation for the coming General Elections. During the 2008 General Election campaign, students had presented a memorandum to the political parties based on the feedback obtained from a questionnaire distributed to over 8,500 households in Malta and Gozo. Children wanted to invite the political parties contesting the elections to make a tangible commitment towards the local environment. Students from 24 schools were given the opportunity to meet and discuss their environmental concerns and their future at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park and Sustainable Development Centre. The discussions were organised into 6 workshops: 3 for primary and 3 for secondary schools. The themes discussed included: Land use and Misuse; Water Management; Alternative Energy Sources; Waste Management; Junk Mail; Fair Trade; Transport and Traffic Pollution; and Marine Life Conservation. Conclusions from each workshop were then collated to form a declaration that was approved by the attendees and presented to representatives from the political parties contesting the General Elections.

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Show you care, do your share!

The St Monica Gzira Primary EkoSkola Committee prepared a video as part of a campaign with the title: “Show you care, do your share.” The campaign was planned as part of the U4energy competition category C. The group was made up of students from grades 3 to 6 at the school. The campaign aimed to make students and subsequently parents and the community aware that their actions can help reduce energy. The students wanted to show that everyday actions could make a difference. Please click on the link to watch video: http://youtu.be/16-4PP-YNhE

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HSBC Climate Change Initiative

We wanted the students to understand what climate change is, what its effect on the World is and how we can help to reduce these effects. The children were encouraged to research about climate change, about why and how we can save energy.  The information was then collected into points and presented during an assembly entitled: ‘Why Penguins are so concerned about the weather?’ Another assembly was titled: ‘Save Energy’. Penguins calling for help Year 4 Penguins presented an assembly on climate change entitles: Why are penguins so concerned with the weather? The Science teacher included Climate Change as a topic in this year’s syllabus.  In fact a number of lessons were conducted were the students had to research what is climate change, reasons that lead to climate change and ways we can help to prevent it.  These were discussed in class and the students were given the opportunity to write their views on a handout as a follow-up. Building an Energy Friendly City The children are making model houses that use alternative sources of energy. A Design and Technology project to design and build a model of a house was turned into an ‘Electricity Friendly City’ by adding Alternative Sources of Energy Sources on each of the models to promote environmental friendly energy sources. All models were joined together to create a city. The Eco School Committee wanted to create a video to portray the Eco Code. They were shown how to use Windows Movie Maker. They drew the pictures needed and recorded themselves and produced this short eco video. Making the Eco Code The Committee drawing pictures for the Eco Code Movie.

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Global issues – Sustaining our world

In a Year 5 Class, the class teacher delivered a lesson about ‘Renewable Energy’. After mentioning the 5 renewable sources used most, class teacher told the students that as a class they were going to tackle ‘Wind Energy’ –  Wind Turbines’ A wind turbine model was bought and built by a particular parent; so that it helps, the students understand the set task. Besides all, class teacher explained to her students that Wind Turbines use large blades to catch the wind. Then when the wind blows, the blades are forced round driving a turbine, which generates electricity. She continued to explain that the stronger the wind, the more electricity produced. An interesting discussion took place in class. Above all, the students learnt what is the best way to conserve electricity and reduce our consumption of fossil fuels. Then, students were also encouraged to create a model of a Wind Turbine at home. Thus, after that the students delivered the teacher’s explanation to their parents, with their parents’ help, they created various models of a ‘Wind Turbine’.

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Awareness about energy saving & the environment

The class teacher delivered a lesson about ‘The importance of electricity’. Besides many discussions, an important discussion about the need of a more efficient Power Station was held. Above all, the students learned that it provides continuous energy supply with its main objective to help maintain a clear and healthy environment. During the discussion, they tackled the importance of having a power station in the country. Students were also encouraged to create a model of a Power Station at home. Thus, after much research, which was done by the students and their parents, with their parents’ help, they created various models of a Power Station. These models were brought to school and later they were displayed in an exhibition which was held at our school to promote ‘Energy Saving’ and ‘The importance of having a healthy environment’ to others. This activity showed the students’ awareness of the importance of Energy Saving and the Environment. The project took two months.

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Saving Energy – A Dialogue

A dialogue between an Energy Saver Bulb, an Incandescent Bulb and a Switch was prepared as a whole class activity with the help of the class teacher.

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Energy Audit of the School Premises

The project has 4 phases. During phase 1 the months and days with the highest energy consumption by will be identified and reasons for such high consumptions will be researched. Phase 2 involves students studying each area of the school in the context of energy consumption. Studying an area involves identifying the objects that consume energy and studying for how long these are switched on during the week. Phase 3 involves the students researching about and finding solutions to decrease the energy consumption of the area that they would have studied. Phase 4 involves compiling a report and a formal presentation of all the findings from the students to be presented to the school administration and other stakeholders. Phase 1 involves a number of students keeping a log of the energy consumption of the school by taking a reading from the three school electricity meters everyday at the same time. This will enable the students to study and analyse the data to try and find patterns of consumption. The months and days with the highest energy consumption will be identified and reasons for such high consumptions will be researched. Phase 2 involves students studying each area of the school in the context of energy consumption. Each student involved in the project has identified an area which he or she will be studying. Studying an area involves identifying the objects that consume energy and studying for how long these are switched on during the week. This can is being done with the use of direct observation, or questionnaires. Phase 1 and 2 are being tackled concurrently. Phase 3 involves the students researching about and finding solutions to decrease the energy consumption of the area that they would have studied. Phase 4 involves compiling a report and a formal presentation of all the findings from the students to be presented to the school administration and other stakeholders such as canteen, bookshop and gym owners, the librarian and the students’s council. These will then hopefully start to implement the changes suggested by the study. Students are presenting a monthly report of their research and findings to each other during designated presentation sessions. These sessions help to target areas of weaknesses in the research, to help students share ideas and to encourage students in their work.

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Flick the Switch

The main focus of the EKo Skola Committee was to encourage students to waste less energy and water. The Eco School Committee made an audit to check how the school uses energy.  The Green Friends were formed. The Green Friends voluntarily (according to a scheduled time table) supervise the corridor during break to make sure that classes and rooms which are not in use, have no electrical appliance and equipment switched on.  At the end of the month the most energy friendly classes receive a certificate for their effort. The Committee also monitored the electricity and water meters. They collected data for a month and recorded the data on a handout.  The information was then presented as a graphical presentation.  Also a no-electricity afternoon was organised so that students could compare a day when electricity is used to show how much electricity is saved when we don’t use it. Monitoring Electricity and Water Members of the Committee checking and taking note of Electricity and Water Consumption. The school hosted two huge Flick the Switch board games.  The board games were set up in the hall and all classes were encouraged to use them. Playing the Game The children enjoyed playing the Switch Game while learning about Energy. The children were instructed to design a poster promoting good use of electricity.  All posters were then set up in the school foyer and the best posters were rewarded.  The best posters were included in the Flick the Switch Poster Competition. Projects on display All projects were displayed around to school for all to see.

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Flick the Switch Campaign

In the Flick the Switch Campaign students and staff were continually reminded about the importance of saving energy by simply switching off lights which are switched on unnecessarily. The Flick the Switch Campaign – An EkoSkola sub-committee was formed.  The students participating were called Flickers.  Their main task was to inform others to minimise wastage of energy by switching off lights which were left on unnecessarily.  This was done through power point presentations, talks organised by EkoSkola, the filming of a video and also by reminding teachers in classrooms during free lessons to switch off lights and make better use of daylight. Flickers also recorded the school electrical consumption twice a week on Mondays and Fridays during breaks.  Evaluation of these readings was done at the end of the scholastic year. Talk- Switch to Energy Efficiency Eng.Stefan De Marco delivered a talk titled ‘Switch to Energy Efficiency’.  Here students were taught how minimise energy consumption and hence reducing emissions from power stations. Flickers proud to be winners Kullegg San Benedittu Boys Secondary School Kirkop are the regional winners of the Flick the Switch Campaign on secondary level.  The closing down ceremony was held in Rakvere, Estonia.

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Energy Week

All classes were encouraged to spend a week discovering facts about Energy and Climate Change. There were classes who organised discussions, made PowerPoint presentations, models of energy saving sources and alternative sources of energy, produced card games, an educational pack and other related activities. All classes had four cardboard templates of a fluorescent light bulb and another four templates of energy saving bulbs.  On the fluorescent bulbs, students had to write what they used to do that wasted energy, whilst on the energy saving bulbs they had to write what they promise to do to be more energy friendly and save it. All bulbs were collected and two festoons with the different coloured bulbs were formed. These were hanged in the school foyer.  This represented the school’s promise to save energy. An Activity in Class Learning about Energy and Climate Change and writing our promises. Assembly to end energy week The children tell what they learned about Energy and Climate Change. Showing off our work All work was displayed in the school entrance.

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Agħmel Switch at St Margaret College, Żabbar Primary B

Competition for Primary Schools with the aim of using energy efficiently.

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Flick the Switch at St Margaret College, Żabbar Primary B

A school energy efficiency campaign with the goal of getting kids into the habit of switching off lights and devices when they are not in use.

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Animal Awareness and Climate Change

As one of the focuses for this year was animal awareness the committee decided to link this with loss of habitat due to climate change and set out on a campaign of awareness- a range of activities that involved the whole school throughout the year. The EkoSkola committee launched a campaign of awareness first by assigning an animal to each class. The pupils then together with their teachers researched that animal and presented and shared their information through the EkoSkola noticeboard (pic.6) and by means of presentations during assembly. Animals are not rubbish competition   Students researched animals of endangered species especially those effected by loss of habitat due to climate change – gathered information and shared it by means of charts and project work in science lessons.   Students worked in groups and built models of the endangered animals from recycled material in art and craft lessons. The models were put up for an exhibition for parents to see during parents day and the models were exhibited at St.James Cavalier . Animals are not rubbish competition:Students worked in groups and built models of the endangered animals from recycled material. The EkoSkola notice board: Informing and involving through EkoSkola notice board. Flick the Switch Week and Flick the Switch Poster Competition- Winners of the Poster Competition As part of Flick the Switch Week – we switched off the light for a week for an hour everyday – readings were taken priorand post to this activity and data was collected and presented in graphs. (whole school)   Flick the Switch Poster – students produced posters with messages of how to make better use of resources and reduce consumption of energy. (entries from Senior 1, 2 and grade 3) Our school was one of the winners for Flick the Switch HSBC Climate Change Talks/HSBC Eco Code Poster Competition (Pic.3) Hosted talks for students from Grade 3 to Senior 2 organised by HSBC representatives and took part in a quiz at the end of the session focusing on climate change and global warming. We also participated in Eco Code Poster competition and were winners in our category HSBC Eco Code Poster Competition and exhibition for parents. Eco Code winning poster. Involving and informing parents on two parental mornings. Celebrating Eco Day The EkoSkola committee together with the staff organised an eco morning were a programme of activities were celebrated with parents and distinguished guests. Activities included an exhibition, songs, a play called Drops of Life, presentation of Siġra ta’ l-Għargħar followed by tree planting. Presentation of ‘Siġra tal-Għargħar’ and tree planting on Environment Day

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