Offshore-Wind INSCHOOL: Develop – Understand – Share

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The Project „Offshore Wind INSCHOOL“ aims to inform pupils as well as teachers about the wide range of topics that the offshore wind energy convers, including renewable energy, climate protection and sustainability.

Background

In Germany offshore wind farms are located far out at sea and are therefore not visible or tangible to most people. There is, in turn, no direct link to the general public, and most people do not feel sufficiently informed about this young technology. However, for sustainable development of our energy production, it is important to raise awareness about the importance of offshore wind energy. Young people especially, as the future generations, should be comprehensively informed about it and put into a position to know all aspects of the industry.

Project objective and priorities

The offshore wind project INSCHOOL seeks to help inform young people, teachers and the general public about the importance of offshore wind energy. In this context, aspects such as electricity production costs, grid expansion and impacts on the marine environment and tourism are explained. The inclusion of young people is important because their future behaviour and actions will have a lasting effect on the success of renewable energy generation. School workshops and pupil competitions serve as instruments to disseminate knowledge.

The school workshops are carried out by the Regional Environmental Education Centre Hollen e.V. In the workshops, pupils interactively examine the entire spectrum of offshore wind energy through the use of appropriately designed teaching materials. In terms of education on sustainable development, young people should be enabled to implement an overall more sustainable lifestyle. Teachers accompany the pupils in the workshops and can integrate modules and materials they have developed independently into their classes.

Within the framework of competitions held in secondary schools, small teams of pupils prepare a presentation on a topic of offshore wind energy for a jury. The Foundation and representatives of the sector accompany the pupils throughout. Exhibition boards and an information terminal are made available during the competitions. However, the focus of the competitions should be independent creative work in teams.

Anyone who would like to support the Foundation in this project or who knows of schools that may be interested should not hesitate to contact us.

Project Partner

Regional Environmental Education Centre Hollen e.V.

Project period and funding

December 2015 - November 2018. The project is co-funded by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt.

 

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Project Website (in German)

Contact person

Eike Liebenow (e.liebenow@offshore-stiftung.de)