When Engagement Officers head into classrooms across Nova Scotia our goal is to expand students’ understanding of Energy Efficiency and connect the dots to the Nova Scotia curriculum. In the fourth grade science, students investigate how light is used and how it interacts with the environment.
On March 28th, I visited Ecole du Sommet. I visited students that are GS veterans, meaning they were very knowledgeable on energy and energy efficiency. We played Energy Jeopardy to give the class an opportunity to show what they learned during our last Virtual Engagement.
We also made connections between energy waste and the waste we see in our oceans. We talked about how important it is to waste less even when we cannot see our waste, for example with energy waste.
Mrs. Linda MacPhee with her class at Newcombville Elementary School, took hands-on learning, community engagement and integrated curriculum to a whole new level with her “Recycle Zone: T-shirts” project.
After hearing about all the plastics in the oceans and its effects on marine species, her grade 2/3 were inspired to take action!
Numerous times during my classroom Energy Efficiency presentations, a student will comment, “Wow, imagine how much energy it takes to power the whole school!” It’s true, schools consume a lot of energy. Summer is a time of year when we can easily reduce how much energy is wasted as schools typically sit mostly empty for two months. Phantom power is a major culprit for wasted energy in schools during the summer months.
The 2018-2019 school year brought 30 new Green Schools from across the province. Many schools realise the importance of the program and the benefits that come with being part of the vibrant Green Schools’ community.
Mme. Cheryl Corbin’s Green Team at A. G. Baillie Memorial School in New Glasgow is working hard to ensure that everything they can recycle, is being properly recycled.
The Green Team, which includes most of Mme. Corbin’s Grade 4 Immersion class, helps supervise their newly revamped recycling station in the cafeteria at lunch time, helping their fellow students sort their waste into the proper bins.