Secondary fieldwork: understanding sustainable energy
Fieldwork skills built on Geography GCSE specification, right on your doorstep.
The Trust helped students experience things they would never have been able to do inside the classroom.
Lucy Wragg, Y7 Leader, Yewlands Academy
Understanding Sustainable Energy
A practical and investigative Sheffield-based fieldwork experience for Key Stages 3 and 4 built around the topic of sustainable energy. This session provides students with an opportunity to practice and develop essential geographical, mathematical and statistical skills.
Students will use the exciting education space at E.ON’s Blackburn Meadows biomass plant to investigate what ‘sustainable energy’ really means and explore just how sustainable different energy sources are. Our experienced educators will present a plenary session to underpin students’ understanding of the concept of sustainability and encourage them to develop hypotheses about the effectiveness of energy generation methods.
These hypotheses are then tested through a series of practical outdoor experiments which see the students creating their own energy, using a range of techniques from simple bowdrills to solar panels, hand-held dynamos and a thermoelectric generator. They will be expected to record primary data from these experiments and analyse this to produce conclusions at the end of the session. They will also be expected to examine and discuss the social, economic and environmental factors involved in planning sustainable energy generation, from choosing suitable locations to cost-effective distribution.
This session provides a fieldwork experience which links directly back to topics in the GCSE specification and helps students prepare for the human geography elements of their examinations.
The session is available as a full or half day experience.
Half day price: £7.35 per student plus £40 fieldwork tutor support
Full day price: £9.80 per student plus £75 fieldwork tutor support
There is a minimum charge for groups of under 20 students.