Renewable energy for young minds

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
UWA Student Ethan Palfrey with Yakamia students Cruze De Agrela, Hayley Howarth and Olivia Crowd with a “Solar Oven”.
Camera IconUWA Student Ethan Palfrey with Yakamia students Cruze De Agrela, Hayley Howarth and Olivia Crowd with a “Solar Oven”. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Yakamia Primary School students will learn the importance of renewable energy tomorrow.

The University of Western Australia Albany communicating science class will present There IS a Future, a fun and interactive lesson focusing on the importance of renewable energy.

Event chairwoman Mikaela Forward said the class would give Year 6 students the understanding to support renewable energy in the years to come.

“Albany City council is aspiring to be carbon neutral by 2030,” she said. “Renewable energy will play a significant part in this ambitious goal — primary school students are the future.

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“An event, such as There IS a Future offers an important insight into renewable energy.”

UWA communicating science student Ethan Palfrey said his class was going to debunk the myths that there was no future in renewable energy, that coal was the only way forward and that renewable energy was not sustainable.

“We’ll be doing that by demonstrating how with different stations, like hydrogen cell batteries, solar oven and a wind power station where we’ll be making solar cars with the students,” he said. “Our aim is to make it fun and interactive for the kids so they can get hands-on and understand that when they grow up they can actually use renewable energy.

“We are also hoping to chat to the students about wave energy and the wind farm and touch on how it’s relevant to their home town.”

Mr Palfrey said students would learn about the sheer power of the sun and how clean energy was good for the environment. He said it was important for young minds to start thinking about the future of their planet.

“They are our future and they can make a difference by talking to their peers, friends and parents about what they learnt,” he said.

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