SMARTcamp/ SMARTer Energy
A programme for students aged 6-12 which uses the SMART method but focuses on problem-solving and creative ideas development the field of clean/green energy; SMARTcamp is a training session for teachers to prepare them for running SMARTer Energy in their schools.
Purpose and process
Through active learning, students are encouraged to develop new solutions with regard to clean and renewable energy; for example, topic areas might relate to hydropower, wind power, bioenergy, solar power, wave power or osmotics. There are 3 stages: 1. Students receive the 'challenge'; 2. They embark on creative problem-solving, includig the design and building of a physical model; 3. They present their solutions in front of a jury. At the 'kick-off' stage, the programme includes creative exercises run by JA-YE Norway; schools are also supplied with 2 different models of the project and can choose which one to use. At the end of the programme, a contest is arranged in each municipality of Norway, from which a winning group is selected to compete in a county-wide final. The winning groups at this stage then send their contribution electronically to head office of JA-YE Norway in Oslo where a jury determines a national winner.
- Develop their ability to detect, define and solve problems, based on their own experiences, knowledge and interests
- Learn to seek knowledge and think creatively
- Build enterprising skills, attitudes and behaviours, including team work, making choices, communication and presentation
- Practise research skills
- Develop their knowledge of energy-related issues in real-world situations and apply their school-based learning of principles and processes to a real task
- Interact with business representatives and experts in the field
- Gain recognition for their innovative solutions through local, regional and national competitions
Curricular or thematic relevance
The programme is particularly relevant in terms of teaching and learning in areas relating to electrical engineering, design technology, renewable energy and entrepreneurship.
How to organise:
The timeframe for this project is 1-3 days, and could be run during a mixture of timetabled lessons, suspended timetable time or as an extra-curricular activity - depending on the school's circumstances. SMARTcamp/SMARTer Energy is usually carried out between January and mid-March with the competition stage of the project being completed by mid-April.
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Formative assessment and evaluation is built into all stages of the programme; groups have to present their solutions to be selected for the national competition where the winning entry is determined by a panel of experts.
The project is enhanced if schools make links with local energy providers who are willing to act as a source of information and possibly materials for students. In addition, JA-YE Norway is responsible for organising and running the SMARTcamp training, in partnership with local businesses and municipality representatives, and do try to attend the 'kick-off' stage in various schools.
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SMARTer Energy is a very good program for young children to increase their awareness about sustainability and raise their consciousness about the need for innovation to solve the challenges we face. Young people wants to contribute and SMARTer Energy lets them.