How are we going to power the future? All school communities use resources that can positively or negatively impact the environment and the climate. In regards to energy, there are several smart steps that schools can take to minimise their environmental footprint from installing energy saving light bulbs through to having solar panels on school roofs to generate their own energy supply. This theme gives the student body a chance to understand how they can improve their carbon impact through smart energy choices.

There are so many great web pages available offering background information, interactive games, relevant videos and practical projects. Here are a few we found:

Tiki the Penguin provides an accessible energy guide for younger students with information on traditional and renewable energy.

Older students may want to check out Student Energy for a more in depth look at energy from source through use.

www.makeitsolar.com  contains suggestions and instructions on practical projects pupils can engage with to discover solar power. It also has some good background information.

www.csiro.au has detailed background information for teachers, parents or older students.

www.solarschools.net is a great long list of energy facts…that could help launch discussions

www.splash.abc.net.au is full of interactive games, videos and background information for pupils of all ages.

Please contact eco-schools@kab.org.au to tell us your ideas for how Eco-Schools in Australia can tackle the theme of “Energy”.

Has your school already worked on this theme? Please share your experience with other schools by submitting a Case Study Template.