Hands-on energy education

Year 4 and 5 students study renewable energy.

Year 4 and 5 students study renewable energy.

Bella Swann from Makaraka School pedals as fast as she can to generate the electricity to light up the power gauge. Electric Village’s Jaclyn Find and the rest of the class urges her on. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell

Makaraka School took learning out of the classroom and into Electric Village, where they engaged in some hands-on activities around the subject of energy.

The Year 4 and 5 students are studying renewable energy and looking at the different ways electricity is generated.

“We are creating inquiries into renewable energy — wind, solar, geothermal, hydro and correlating the information,” said teacher Mihi Hannah.

The students got to generate pedal power on a stationary bike and later saw how an electric vehicle was charged.

Energy champion Katherine Evett said this was the generation that might go on to drive only electric vehicles.

The students made 3D houses out of card and created an electrical circuit to power the light inside.

Electric Village has worked with The Mind Lab by Unitec on the interactive activities in the village.

“We have also partnered with them to deliver free energy education workshops in the village, which I hope to continue later this year,” she says.

“I am also hoping to do some work with enviroschools to create some new content and educational resources in the village.”

Electric Village is a community initiative created by Eastland Group.

There are interactive exhibitions on the history and future of energy technology, tips and tricks on clever ways to use power, and all the latest information on solar energy, electric vehicles and e-bikes.

Makaraka School took learning out of the classroom and into Electric Village, where they engaged in some hands-on activities around the subject of energy.

The Year 4 and 5 students are studying renewable energy and looking at the different ways electricity is generated.

“We are creating inquiries into renewable energy — wind, solar, geothermal, hydro and correlating the information,” said teacher Mihi Hannah.

The students got to generate pedal power on a stationary bike and later saw how an electric vehicle was charged.

Energy champion Katherine Evett said this was the generation that might go on to drive only electric vehicles.

The students made 3D houses out of card and created an electrical circuit to power the light inside.

Electric Village has worked with The Mind Lab by Unitec on the interactive activities in the village.

“We have also partnered with them to deliver free energy education workshops in the village, which I hope to continue later this year,” she says.

“I am also hoping to do some work with enviroschools to create some new content and educational resources in the village.”

Electric Village is a community initiative created by Eastland Group.

There are interactive exhibitions on the history and future of energy technology, tips and tricks on clever ways to use power, and all the latest information on solar energy, electric vehicles and e-bikes.

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