Fascinating and challenging, a classroom debate helps students get familiar with the art of arguing, persuading and interacting. This kind of activity also enables students to acquire multiple levels of skills and understanding of complex facts, issues and opinions.
Before taking part in the FuturEnergia competitions and activities, we strongly recommend you to read the related guidelines and have a look at some examples of competition entries to better understand what we expect from participants.
The activity is open to students 12-20 years of age, who attend schools in the European Union, Candidate and EFTA Countries.
The debate outcomes (text and two pictures or a text, a picture and a video clip) should be in the mother tongue of the students, one of the 23 official EU languages or a language of the Candidate Countries: Croatia, FYROM or Turkey.
The activity may cover one or more of the following school subjects: sciences, languages, social sciences, rhetoric, civics/citizenship, art and computer science.
How to organise the competition in the classroom?
Schools are invited to organise energy debates, as classroom activities, around one of nine themes (eight given themes and a theme that may be proposed by the participating classes). The themes are accompanied by a set of relevant resources that help teachers prepare and organise a debate activity.
Schools are invited to submit a summary of their debate activities and two relevant photos (or a photo and a video). The website offers publishing space and visibility to all interested schools. The website also offers schools the facility to interact with peers across Europe via pre-chat sessions that aim to help schools share information and prepare their debating activity which should be based on one of the nine themes.
Each classroom debate report will be highlighted on the homepage for 15 minutes to acknowledge the efforts of both students and teachers to plan, organize and run the debate activity.