Digital Energy Challenges in Lower Saxony

19 January 2021 - Published by Debbie Glen
To address safety measures in place during the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Energy Challenges in Lower Saxony will take form as a digital campaign.

The Energy Challenges campaign aims to encourage students to develop their own CO2 reduction measures by changing their own behaviour patterns or by implementing simple technical energy-saving measures at their respective schools. Yet due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the school competition had to be restructured to ensure the health and safety of teachers, learners and parents. The competition is based on awareness raising and motivating children to take action in their own schools: they are to let children move freely around the school, identifying "energy eating" technologies and developing proposals for more energy efficient solutions. During a global pandemic, neither of these is currently possible.

Not only the lack of face-to-face teaching poses a challenge for the 2IMPREZS Energy Challenges – other effects of the pandemic restrictions have made the implementation of the project more challenging, such as the frequent ventilation of the classroom, which significantly increases the energy consumption for heating and thus the CO2 emissions of the schools. The same applies to the emissions from increasing traffic of individual vehicles over public transit when parents bring their children to school by private car in order to avoid public transport, or when water consumption in schools increases due to increased hand washing.

The 2IMPREZS Energy Challenges project has pivoted to these changing conditions and is now developing a digital version of the Energy Challenges. The German 2IMPREZS partner, atene KOM, is responsible for this restructuring into a collaborative digital version, with a focus on virtual interactions.

To ensure the effective rollout of the 2IMPREZS Energy Challenges amongst teachers and learners, it is important to keep the barriers to participating in the (e.g., in lesson preparation) as low as possible. Participating schools in Lower Saxony therefore receive a comprehensive catalogue of online tools that help to make learning processes on important energy-related topics—such as energy saving, energy efficiency, climate change, basic technical understanding of energy usage and saving, and creative brainstorming on energy-saving measures—enjoyable even outside of the classroom! This includes educational activities and games, engaging video conferences and quiz formats. Individual consulting and support for the digital tools through atene KOM is also possible.

The competition will take place from February to June 2021. Applications from schools in Lower Saxony can be sent to Sebastian Martin (mailto:s.martin@atenekom.eu), Project Manager at atene KOM, before the 5th of February.