Over the past decade, everybody has started to worry about the environmental impact we are having on the planet. The most important groups to get this message through to are the younger generations who will be living here and breathing the air long after we have gone. This is why it is so important to get children understanding the concepts and rationales behind alternative energy, recycling and conservation.
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Renewable Science Fair
Many schools across the world have annual science fairs for the students so they can design mechanisms or models to demonstrate a scientific principle. At the next fair, insist on a renewable energy theme with a special prize for the best alternative energy entry. There are many projects that can be included here, such as steam-powered boats, mini hydroelectric plants, and ethanol-propelled cars.
Energy Efficient Housing
One of the most important things the general public can do for the environment is to make sure we do not waste energy in our homes. Get the children in the class to design an energy-efficient house. This can be tailored for different age groups as well. If the children are older, get them to make a scale model of the house; if they are younger, have them draw it.
Have the children make a diary of their personal energy use. This can include how long electronic items are left on at home, whether or not the children use the bus, or if they recycle reusable products. Total up how much energy they use and encourage them to see if they can reduce this amount during the next week.
During physics lessons, children are taught the basics of electricity and how it is generated in power stations. For older children, who are able to rationalise this, introduce a project that has the students write about the various alternative energies available; have them conclude which one is best for your local area depending on the weather conditions where you live.
A vital part of personal environmentalism is recycling. Ask your children to collect as many tin cans, plastic bottles, and as much waste paper as they can find; have them recycle it together. This will help children understand why recycling is important and what it actually involves.
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