Footprint Futures

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Footprint Futures
The key stage 2 and 3 eco-footprint teaching resource from the Centre for Alternative Technology

Other Whole class Activities

  • Big Feet
    This is a fun whole class activity that illustrates how a small percentage of the global population have larger eco footprints than the majority.
    (From module Module 1: The Big Picture)
  • The Green House
    This downloadable activity allows pupils to make energy choices for the home to see how they raise or lower emissions.
    (From module Module 3: Energy)
  • Power Up – Wind Power
    This group activity allows pupils to design and make their own wind turbines that generate electricity.
    (From module Module 3: Energy)
  • The History of Stuff
    This group activity allows pupils to research how local trade and industry has changed over the years.
    (From module Module 6: Stuff)
  • Regional Planning – ‘Stuff’
    This group activity allows the pupils to create their own sustainable transport plans for the region.
    (From module Module 6: Stuff)
  • The Sustainable Regional Plan
    Pupils collate the work on regional planning in previous lessons, to create a comprehensive sustainable plan for the region.
    (From module Module 7: Think Global, Act Local)

Things needed for this Module...

Solar Power Cans:
  • 4 aluminium drink cans of which:
    • 3 are painted with matt black paint (or blackboard paint) of which:
    • 2 have been insulated with pieces of insulation that is safe to handle – sheeps wool for example covering the back half or two thirds of the can of which:
    • 1 is placed in a clear plastic bag or container  such as a clear 2l bottle with the bottom cut off
  • Thermometer
  • Recording sheet
The Green House:
  • Downloadable activity from CAT (coming soon)
Walk the walk:
Regional plan - energy:
  • Hopefully the mystery guest will be able to stay for this session
  • Maps and aerial floor photo mats if you have them
  • Variety of media for recording
Power Up! – Solar Power:
  • Whole class in groups
  • Small photovoltaic cells, motors, crocodile clips and propellers (available from the Centre for Alternative Technology shop and other education suppliers)
  • Clean floatable materials – eg plastic bottles (with lids), cartons and cups and containers, rubber bands
Power Up – Wind Power:
  • EPK20850
    ‘Wind Kit’ from the Centre for Alternative Technology
    (or a wind power kit from another education supplier)
  • Bits of corriflute plastic and/or other suitable scrap materials like thin card and plastic, scissors, tape.
  • Large electric fan with wide blades, the ones which come in cages designed to sit on the floor are best. (tall bathroom fans with thin blades will not work so well.)
Mystery Guest:
  • Mystery guest from the sustainable energy industry. This could be someone who works to install renewable energy systems, or an engineer who designs them. It could be someone from the council with responsibility for energy efficiency, or someone who promotes energy efficiency. Or it could be someone from a local group such as Friends of the Earth.

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You will need:

  • Mystery guest from the sustainable energy industry. This could be someone who works to install renewable energy systems, or an engineer who designs them. It could be someone from the council with responsibility for energy efficiency, or someone who promotes energy efficiency. Or it could be someone from a local group such as Friends of the Earth.

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Module 3: Energy

Mystery Guest

Mystery Guest

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A visitor from the energy industry is invited to the class to be interviewed by the pupils.

What to do:

Following the same format as for the transport week, invite in advance a renewable energy expert into the classroom for the pupils to interview. The pupils will already be improving on their interview techniques, but will still need some time in groups to devise appropriate questions to ask the guest. Decide whether or not and how you would like to record the interview, and who will do it. Inviting guests into the classroom not only enables the pupils to develop their speaking and listening skills, but also allows them to adopt an extra perspective to their learning, and to places of work in the region in which they live.

 
 

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