Templebreedy National School pupils Nia Hanna, Mercy Bamidele and Holly Bryan welcoming a series of green energy and climate action education programmes. Photo: Darragh Kane

Full STEAM ahead kids!

A series of green energy and climate action education programmes have been launched to inspire the next wave of climate scientists, engineers, artists and active citizens.

Cork-based DP Energy, one of Ireland’s leading developers of renewable energy projects, and global energy leader Iberdrola have joined forces with STEAM Education Ltd to deliver the series of programmes which began in November of last year.

STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and maths and the mission of the organisation is to inspire children to love STEAM subjects.

The programmes will engage fourth to sixth class students in approximately 20 local schools along the south coast and east coast with some of the most pressing issues facing the world today. Through a range of participatory activities and creative and scientific processes, the children will be supported to understand the key issues about the climate crisis and encouraged to engage in positive climate action in their schools, homes and wider communities.

Classes will receive a five-lesson STEAM programme focusing either on engineering or climate action. The engineering programme will introduce the various types of engineering and its role in the development of renewable energy sources, as well as engaging with children in a series of challenges that will develop their creative and critical thinking. The climate action programme will explore the science of climate change, its causes and effects, as well as the development of sustainable solutions.

DP Energy will directly assist the programme by supporting STEAM in the delivery of several lessons in person and actively engaging with students during the activities to provide industry expertise.

Managing Director of STEAM Education, Dr Alice D’Arcy said: “Supporting children and young people to think creatively, work collaboratively, and understand the science behind the climate crisis, is key to empowering them to deal with the significant issues coming down the tracks. We are thrilled that innovative companies like DP and Iberdrola both recognise and support the necessity for, and value in this approach, and look forward to helping build resilient communities together.”

Lisa Enright, Community Liaison Officer, at DP Energy added: “We are delighted with the opportunity to engage with the community and to assist with the development of educational programmes and support school-based activities that will strengthen the interest of the students in science and research activities and to enhance their aspirations in these areas.”

DP Energy is one of Ireland’s leading developers of renewable energy projects. Headquartered in Buttevant in North Cork and operating across the world, the company is committed to using the most sustainable and environmentally responsible methods possible in all their energy developments.

The green energy and climate action education programmes will run until early February.