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Energy Efficiency Webquest
organisation
 West Wales Eco Centre
(INFORSE-Member)
westwales@ecocentre.org.uk
age group
  10 -11 years old
Topic  
Climate change and energy efficiency
Goal
To provide a context for energy efficiency. To identify and implement specific and achievable measures to reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions
Resources
Teacher and pupil sections for the webquest can be downloaded here: Word document 73KB, pdf 114KB or from the West Wales Eco Centre's website
Task
Pupils will research, using the world wide web, ways in which energy can be used more efficiently in school, by using the resources and the skills identified.

Each individual / team is to address a specific task and identify how the school can save money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by being more efficient in the following areas:
- heating in the school
- heat loss (including, insulation and draught proofing)
- lighting in the school
- electrical appliances (computer, television, CD player, etc)
 

A collaborative decision about the type of document needs to be made by the pupils as time restrictions do not allow for a variety. To date pupils have done: posters, slide shows, Word documents and web pages.

Description and Evaluation
As the task is only one hour long all the web sites have been identified and a picture folder created. It is important that pupils read the web site's contents to understand meaning and implications before stating in their own words or copying and pasting selected text.

Pembrokeshire College's IT bus has been fitted with a satellite dish to enable schools who do not have access to broadband to undertake this task. The project has been going since the beginning of November 2005 and will continue until June 2006; the aim is to work with all 72 primary schools in the county although the initial target is 40. Feedback from teachers and pupils has been very positive as the National Curriculum requirements in a number of subjects are being addressed in an interactive and fun way.