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MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC - Pupils Explore Renewable Technology In Pilot Educational Scheme

Students from Rowans Primary School in Welwyn Garden City have been exploring renewable technology in a pilot scheme with local manufacturer, Mitsubishi Electric – which is making its new Renewable Training Centre in Travellers Lane, Hatfield available to schools who wish to study renewable energy as part of the curriculum.

The 24 students, ranging in age from six to ten, spent the morning learning the importance of reducing energy use, re-using things wherever possible and recycling to help reduce carbon emissions and limit the effects of climate change.

Organiser Jenny Maskrey was class teacher for the day and explained to the children how important it was for everyone to think about the energy they use: “We set experiments for the children so that they could get involved and have tried to base the morning on the curriculum so that the session becomes a benefit to the teachers as well,” she explained.

Using a specially designed workbook and purpose-built experiments, the children discovered how photovoltaic panels can use solar energy to reduce electricity consumption and also investigated how air source heat pumps can provide heating in the middle of winter, by extracting ‘free’ energy from the outdoor air. They also recycled their drinking cups into bird feeders and visited the company’s special wormery, where kitchen waste is recycled.

“The children said that this was the best school trip they had ever been on and I would agree,” commented Deputy Head, Mrs Ackerman who led the school trip. “Not only have Mitsubishi tailored the day to match the curriculum but they also gave the children plenty to think about, such as how much energy things like their Playstations consume when left on standby,” she added.

Mitsubishi Electric is now looking to develop the programme so that it can be offered to other schools in the local area. The company opened its new Renewable Training Centre in April, to cater for the growing number of industry professionals that are interested in acquiring the skills needed to serve the renewable energy sector.

“Around 44 per cent of total UK carbon emissions come from the buildings we live, work and play in, so as a nation, we have to find ways of reducing energy use in our homes, offices and schools,” explained Mrs Maskrey.

“We are offering our facilities to schools to increase awareness of renewable energies and widen pupils’ understanding of how these technologies work. We also wish to challenge them about how they think society should cope with increased demands for energy use, whilst also seeking to combat climate change.”

Mitsubishi Electric is now planning to use feedback from the visit to refine the programme in time for the start of the new academic year. For further information, contact Jenny Maskrey by email below:


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