October 13, 2015 10:13 am
Written by Ellie Wilding
The Pod Education Programme
EDF energy have created an education programme for teachers and community leaders called The Pod, aiming to inspire young people and their families to choose a more sustainable lifestyle whilst promoting STEM subjects and encouraging science and engineering careers. They also strive to help children understand that a low carbon, secure and affordable energy supply is vital for the future.
This education programme is completely free and comprises of an interactive website and regular campaigns to inspire young people to take action. The website offers lesson plans, practical activities, assembly ideas, games and more information to offer cross curricular education for children aged 4-14, topics covered include; energy, waste, water, transport, biodiversity and climate science. The campaigns run at different points in the year with important environmental messages and can be led by students themselves, making them suited for working towards an eco-school award. Some campaigns are for short periods of time whilst others are on-going with new content added throughout. EDF created the Pod with support from many key organisations including; Eco-Schools England, the Met office, the British Trust for Ornithology, the British Science Association and Wastebuster.
November is Energy Month 2015, an annual campaign run on the Pod. Energy Month is designed to inspire everyone to save energy and can involve the whole school, including teachers, parents and the local community. Registering for the campaign gives you accesses to extra resources and the first 2500 schools to register will receive a free resource pack in the post that includes stickers, posters and switch-off monitor badges. You can register for Energy Month here, putting your school on the map and giving your school access to the many resources available as the campaign runs across the country.