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THE 2020 FESTIVAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
DIGITAL-FIRST EVENT 7-15 NOV 2020
FoSS and ESRC logos

STEM Challenge Renewable Energy showcase

13th November 2020 16:30-18:00
Workshop, Exhibition/demonstration, Talk/Webinar, Interactive activity

About this event

The STEM renewable energy challenge " The forms of solar energy which will blow you away!" presented during the FoSS has been targeted to specific schools due to its "hands-on" nature. However, all the professionals involved would love to meet the larger audience to share their experience and disseminate their ideas. Here a summary of the project which might interest primarily Primary School teachers, Special Education professionals and Teacher students, however our presenters team includes primary school children and their parents/carers, so we think it could also interest a wider public including children, parents and carers. Please feel free to drop in the zoom session if you are interested

Session 1: Design your own sustainable house. Michael Kilpatrick, Civil Engineer Associate Goodson and Gabriella Rodolico, Lecturer in Science Education UoG, taught how to design and build a sustainable house  applying the Engineering designing process to environmental factors and sustainability . Pupils from each school selected their own recyclable material and built a model of  sustainable house.

Session 2: Pupils presented in class with their teachers (part of our team) their models then they received a pack containing all the necessary resources to build their own wind turbine to power their model of house. The pack was brought back home to involve their parents/carer in the project project

Session 3: Pupils and parents/carers took part in a twilight session) with Gabriella Rodolico Lecturer in Science Education, UoG and Lorna Bennet Mechanical Engineer, Catapult to build their own wind turbine and connect it to their model of sustainable house to power an LED bulb inside the house. 

Session 4: Pupils brought back to school their model of sustainable house powered by the wind.

Dr. Daniela Castro-Camilo Lecturer in Statistics, School of Mathematics and Statistics at UoG explained in a recorded lesson  how statistics can be applied to make predictions around wind power and efficiency of wind turbines while   Professor Iain MacLeod of the Institution of Engineers in Scotland,  asked pupils (in a recorded lesson) to look at their project from the problem solving prospective challenging their minds on complex issues related to wind energy, with the aim to get them thinking about big questions such as Why wind power is not yet our main source of energy?