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The Re-Energy Challenge!
Take the Challenge and Become a Re-Energy Engineer!
Encourage students to design, build and test a working model of any renewable energy technology! One of the best ways for students to understand renewable energy technologies is to get hands-on by building working models.
In this fun, engaging science program students have the opportunity to build a wind turbine, solar oven, hydroelectric generator, biogas generator, electric vehicle or energy storage—so they can see firsthand how applied science is helping create a more sustainable future.
Post a picture of the completed project on social media. Don’t forget to tag our account (@GreenLearning) using the hashtag #ReEnergyEngineer and we will repost/retweet your work!
Be a Home Energy Detective!
Take the Challenge and Become a Home Energy Detective!
The Home Energy Detective challenge is perfect for students (Grades K-12) and their families! Plus, it is based off Energy Revealed – an experiential learning program about energy efficiency and climate action.
This challenge will teach students to be environmentally friendly at home while using energy a little more wisely. Making small retrofits and small behaviour changes can make a big difference over time towards energy savings. This is why an energy detective is important for every home!
This activity features various components such as:
- A personal energy use backgrounder that details the personal actions one can take to save energy.
- An energy calculator to help calculate the greenhouse gas emissions saved.
- A final quest where students will complete their investigative report and share photos on social media for recognition!
31 Days of Green Activities!
Get the May Calendar full of 31 Days of Green Activities!
This is your opportunity to join in the fun as we roll out new activities for May! Each week comes with simple, fun and hands-on activities students can participate in from the comfort of their homes. You can share each day’s activity or use it in your own lesson planning!
In the May calendar, you’ll find 31 Days of Green Activities based on our free programs:
- Week 1 – Theme: Climate policy based on our Decoding Carbon – A Climate Policy Quest program
- Week 2 – Theme: Waste management based on our Circular Economy activity
- Week 3 – Theme: Energy efficiency based on our Energy Revealed program
- Week 4 – Theme: Renewable energy technology based on our Re-Energy program
Circular Economy Activity!
Build a Product from Recycled Materials in the Circular Economy Activity!
We have launched a new activity that will engage students in brainstorming ideas for a circular economy. It is fun, simple, practical and hands-on!
This activity will inspire students to apply a remake, reuse and recycle model in creating an entirely new product from recycled materials. By participating in this activity, they will develop their critical-thinking, creativity, communication and entrepreneurship skills towards building a sustainable economy.
The Circular Economy activity is perfect for grades 4-12, can be modified for younger grades and has links to subjects such as science, life-management skills, social studies and business. Getting started is easy! Visit the website and get all the learning materials.
Decoding Carbon: A Climate Policy Quest!
We Invite You to Take the Decoding Carbon Challenge!
In this program, educators will be equipped to integrate climate change education across multiple subjects, while students will have the tools to create their own policies and solutions for a low carbon future. The activities also aim to engage students in developing their financial literacy, global competencies, entrepreneurial and workplace skills.
The students will have an opportunity to consider the elements of a “good” policy, weighing pros and cons of all options considered. Also, they will be able to critique news articles and any type of reporting on the issues in an objective, critical way.
This program will enable youth to reduce carbon footprints and it will also empower them to develop innovative policies towards reducing long-term carbon emissions.
Be a #HomeFloodProtector!
Showcase Your Superpowers in an Exciting Scavenger Hunt
The #HomeFloodProtector Scavenger Hunt is perfect for students from grades 3 to 11 and includes a worksheet for younger kids. The activity is designed to lead youth and their families on a journey that helps them understand what they can do in and around their own home to protect from flooding.
This activity encourages families to take action on flooding and share what they learned to challenge families across Canada to also protect their homes! The #HomeFloodProtector Scavenger Hunt will guide youth and their families to find a variety of items inside and outside their homes that can either put them at greater risk of flooding or protect them.
Items that families will hunt for include storm drains, window wells, downspouts, trees, gardens, sump pumps, floor drains and valuables stored in the basement.
April is Earth Month!
Earth Month Calendar of Activities for Learning at Home
April is Earth Month and it is a time to reflect on the state of the planet. It is also a time to celebrate the strides we have made in protecting mother nature while engaging in activities that go even further to help the environment.
GreenLearning has curated a whole month of free resources to help you extend learning into the home for youth with fun, daily activities they can do for Earth Month.
These eco-themed activities are designed for learning at home. They are interdisciplinary and cover a wide range of subjects. Each day includes a special event or activity with a connection to either the environment or science and technology.
Flood:Ed and Stormwater Challenge
First prize: $500
Second prize: $250
Third prize: $250
The program will engage students in taking action against the risk of stormwater and flood damage. Youth will have the opportunity to research, develop and implement a stormwater action plan for their school or community. In the process, they will enjoy the challenge of collaborating with peers and competing against other schools for the chance to win prizes and awards.
In its aim to transform youth across Canada into Stormwater Stewards, the program will enable students to:
- Trace the rain from its formation in clouds to its arrival onto the school roof and property — to its ultimate destination — the local sewer or stream.
- Calculate runoff from roof and paved surfaces based on future storm predictions, estimate flood risk and develop a short and long term plans to storm-proof the school (climate adaption).
- Present their Stormwater Masterplans to their class, school and local authorities like councillors or their local school board.
- Plan, build, install and monitor downspout disconnects, rain-gardens, permeable paving, french-drains and rain barrels.
Solar Oven Challenge
Grand prize: $500
Second prize: $250
Third prize: $250
In the Solar Oven Challenge, students are invited to use our detailed construction plans to build working models of a solar oven. It is designed to teach students about solar heat, solar electricity and other clean energy technologies, but can be modified to incorporate culinary arts, food safety and culture. You may use the solar oven construction plan provided at re-energy.ca, or your students can design their own plans.
As students explore renewable energy hands-on, they can expect to:
- Discover the fundamental principles of biology, chemistry and physics,
- See the application of science and technology to some of today’s most important environmental issues,
- Enjoy the challenge of building working models of a solar oven.
Lending a Hand Challenge
Prize: $500 Matching Funds
Are you interested in introducing your students to the world of micro lending, cooperative banking and social finance? We want to hear from you!
Starting this September, GreenLearning is looking for a minimum of 15 high school classes across Canada to participate in an innovative project called “Lending A Hand Challenge – Introducing Youth to Micro Lending.” In this project, high schoolers will learn how they can tie personal financial success to priorities like personal happiness, a more equitable society and a sustainable future.
Energy Revealed is a groundbreaking program for youth across Canada that will completely revolutionize the way that youth understand and interact with energy and change the face of energy education. Energy Revealed is grounded in research, backed by science, and is data driven. By making energy visible, it will turn youth into expert energy managers, and will result in measurable reductions in greenhouse gases in the short term, creating a new generation of responsible and innovative energy users over the long term.
Energy Revealed helps schools, the environment and empowers students to:
- Become energy efficiency experts and future energy managers.
- Develop their competencies, innovative mindsets, and workplace skills, preparing them for careers in a low carbon economy.
- Drive down the use of electricity, gas, and water at school, at home, and in their communities.
- Help reduce greenhouse gases, utility bills, and carbon levy payments.
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