Today it was the turn of Y9 students to experience a carousel of activities about climate change.
Students are pictured here with Angela Meah from CoolDC – a local company that specialises in how to reduce the environmental impact of data centres. Students learnt about what data centres are, how they impact on the environment and what can be done. Groups of students completed tasks where they had to find suitable renewable energy sources for data centres in different parts of the world.
Students used the computer room to research their carbon footprint, compare it with their classmates and look at ways to reduce it. The lesson then moved on to look at solutions at a global scale. Students found the ‘drawdown’ website to be a fascinating comparison of large schemes and their ‘carbon saving impact’.
Students are seen here presenting to the class on their responses to climate change. This activity saw students act in role for groups such as farmers, activists and the UK government. The session ended with mixed groups decide on the best way forward. One class decided to research the Paris Agreement of 2015 to see how close their ideas were to the real life decision making process.
Richard Jones from Amelio Solar Energy gave the students a wonderful insight into the solar power industry. Not only were students able to understand the physics behind the process, but there were also asked to design a system of solar panels to fit the school buildings. Comparisons were made to other forms of energy and students also looked at the long term economic costs and benefits to solar panels.