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Energy is our Future: Resources

This section features a set of teaching and learning online resources that may help teachers prepare lessons on energy-related topics. The section also includes outcomes that resulted from the past competitions and activities that were open in previous school years.

THE SOLAR IMPULSE KIT

The sky’s the limit when it comes to energy efficiency! Solar Impulse, a project that has developed an airplane that can fly both day and night solely on solar energy is an excellent example of how natural energy resources, advanced materials and modern engineering can work miracles to address increased energy demands. What will you do to save energy?

Explore FuturEnergia chats' resources

Here is an opportunity for teachers to catch up with resources and materials available from this year's chats.

Chat on youth, innovation and the energy future of Europe: Supporting information

This set of Web links helped schools prepare their participation in the online debate hosted by MEP Ioannis Tsoukalas who came online on 24 November 2009 at 14.00 CET to discuss youth, innovation and the energy future of Europe.

Your Energy is our Future

This article outlines the career opportunities offered by the plastics and petrochemicals industries, sectors where students can take part in creating the future. It has been written to support the chat with Wilfried Haensel (Executive Director of PlasticsEurope) and Pierre de Kettenis (Executive Director of APPE - Association of Petrochemical Producers in Europe) in April 2009.

Beyond Carbon Footprints: the Plastics Industry’s Eco-Profile

This article highlights PlasticsEurope’s vision of developing the Eco-footprint: a ground breaking methodology of measuring a product’s impact on the environment. The article has been written to support the chat with Isidro Quiroga in May 2009.

Learning to protect the environment

This article provides a summary of how education and environment can be connected both in your own country and at European level. It has been written to support the chat with the Czech Republic’s minister for Education, sports and youth, Mr Ondřej Liška.

Applying polymer science to save energy and improve renewable energy technologies

This article gives an outline of how scientific research into polymers is enabling breakthroughs in energy efficiency and renewable energy. It has been written to support the chat with Paula Bosch in March 2009.

Fantastic Plastics

The 3rd chat of the Energy is our Future (FuturEnergia) school programme, school year 2008-2009, touches the subject of plastics and how their physical properties make them suitable for various intriguing and surprising applications.

Plastics: Performance material in sports and aviation

This article is intended to support the chat hosted by Thomas Schmidt, a former Olympic champion in slalom canoeing. The article consists of basic information about plastics as performance materials in sports and aviation.

Plastics, chemistry and climate protection

This article gives a brief overview of how the chemistry behind plastics helps give them environmentally-beneficial properties. It has been written to support the chat with Anton de Vries on 27 November 2008.

Resources: Archive 2007-2008

This page contains a set of supporting articles that helped teachers prepare lessons on energy-related topics during the school year 2007-2008.

Chat archive 2007-2008

The chats aimed to bring together a number of experts and classes to discuss energy related themes, how design and materials influence energy consumption and contribute to finding sustainable energy solutions.

Chat archive 2006-2007

The chats that are published on this page were organised during the school year 2006-2007. The may represent a valuable set of teaching and learning resources focusing on energy related themes, how design and materials influence energy consumption and contribute to finding sustainable energy solutions.

Archive: Articles on energy related themes

This is a collection of articles that served as support for the chat activities that were organised during the school year 2006-2007. The articles focus on a large range of energy related themes covering car design, carbon footprint, making better use of energy, reducing energy consumption in buildings, how to secure energy after depletion of resources and others.

Previous school competition

This school competition was open to schools during the school year 2006-2007. On behalf of PlasticsEurope, European Schoolnet invited students ages 11-18 to take part in the “Energy is our Future” poster and slogan competition.

Past activity: My Energy Train Story

This is a past Web-based classroom activity that was available to schools during the school year 2006-2007.