If you had driven past many Peterborough Schools on the 22nd of November last year you would have been forgiven for thinking that they were closed for the day. In fact they were going all out to be the school who used the least energy on Powerdown Day the culmination of Peterborough Powerdown Fortnight.
Schools such as Queen’s Drive Infant school linked Powerdown to the curriculum and as well as learning about Energy Saving, the pupils all came to school in bright clothing to reinforce the road safety messages they had been learning “Be B right, Be Seen”. They did their lessons by torch and “candlelight” (battery powered tea lights) and everyone had a packed lunch so that the cook didn’t have to use the ovens. Prior to the day the pupils had taped up the staff room dishwasher, kettle and microwave.
Not all schools took it to the same level of switch off as the dedicated souls at Queen’s Drive infant. But across the city pupils were keeping a check on their fellow pupils and staff, making sure lights, overhead projectors and whiteboards were switched off when not in use. Many schools had a visit from the Watts Energy Challenge team and found out how hard they had to cycle to generate electricity.
Some schools had visits from Space Pirates or travelled back in time to find out how fossil fuels are made courtesy of the Theatre in Education Company Act On Info. The Education Team at PECT had brilliant fun delivering a range of Energy and Climate Change lessons to pupils, the lesson on Solar Energy for the Infant pupils was particularly popular.
And we are about to do it all again with 15 different schools. The March Peterborough Powerdown Fortnight runs from 3-14 March, the PECT Education Team will be out and about again with our solar cars and dancing flowers helping the youngest pupils understand how the sun and wind are helping to power their TV’s and Games consoles and look out for those Space Pirates who are making another attempt to steal this planets Energy.
Still not sure what Powerdown is all about? The fantastic Green Team at Dogsthorpe Junior school made a film to explain it to their fellow pupils, so please watch.