Education

Floating Offshore Wind Education Pack

Blue Gem Wind have produced an animated video and education pack to work with primary level students on the impacts of climate change and what can be done to help.

The animation, brought to life by the talented Cork animator Jane Lee, and entitled “The Seagull & the Storm”, follows Roisín Renewables and her friend the Seagull as they learn about fossil fuels and their impacts on climate around the world. Roisín, an aspiring engineer, designs a plan to build wind farms further out to sea on floating structures,  calming the angry elements.

No one is too small to help . . .

This animation has been produced to educate school children on the issue of climate change and to empower them with the knowledge that no one is too small to make a difference. It is intended to stimulate their interest and promote conversation, both in class and at home, around what children can do to help preserve the world that they will soon inherit.

Lesson materials, which support the New Curriculum for Wales have been developed to accompany the 4.5 minute animation designed to help guide this discussion.

We hope the resources will suppport children to have an interest in renewable energy and in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM).

 

Materials & Module Outline

Working with Marine Energy Wales and PCF we have developed a number of educational resources that include a quiz, a challenge to build a model of a floating wind platform, and exercises that promote science and engineering.

We would also like to support the delivery of the education resources by offering our team of engineers or scientists to join the class, for a question-and-answer session.

Finally, participation in the competition outlined below provides an opportunity to reinforce the learning in a fun way.

 

Learning Activities

Word Search, Quiz & Picture

Watch the “Seagull and the Storm” animation and complete the quiz. This activity involves a word search, a set of questions, and a floating wind platform to colour in.

Build a Floating Wind Platform

This activity is well suited to pupil-led investigation with a small group of pupils working together.  The children can work with or without direct supervision and will be building floating wind platforms.

Think like a Scientist

Scientists observe, measure, and interpret data to test their ideas. This activity tests the Plan, Do, Review method and is linked to the ballast required in a floating wind platform.

Think like an Engineer

Could you plan a floating wind farm from start to finish or work out if we need to paint the platform to stop rust. Our think like an engineer activities will test your skills. 

Teachers Notes and Competition Details 

Teachers Notes

In September we will begin a number of competitions to support our education programme. Prizes will include a monetary donation to support STEM learning materials and the opportunity to name our floating wind platforms for project Erebus. With all entries, we would like to know the story behind the name, which must be linked to climate change. Whilst we would like everyone to have a go at the activities the competition is aimed at schools in Pembrokeshire. 

Competition 1
Send us your completed Seagull and the Storm quiz sheets. Please include your name, school, and age. Don’t forget to name a floating wind platform!

Deadline:  Autumn 2021    Winners announced:

Competition 2
Build a model floating wind turbine and send us your pictures. Please include your name, school, and age. Don’t forget to name a floating wind platform!

Deadline:  Autumn 2021      Winners announced: 

Competition 3

Use the information in the “Seagull and the Storm” to make an infographic to explain how a floating wind turbine works.

  • Get creative!
  • Make your infographic exciting to look at and include interesting facts.
  • Digital or hand-drawn entries welcome.

Please include your name, school, and age. Don’t forget to name a floating wind platform!

Deadline:  Autumn 2021      Winners announced:

Competition 4
Think like a scientist and follow the Plan, Do, Review activities OR think like an engineer and plan a floating windfarm.  Please include your name, school, and age. Don’t forget to name a floating wind platform!

Deadline:  Autumn 2021      Winners announced:

Attention: Photos will be shared online and in similar formats by Blue Gem Wind.

Want to know more?

Please use the links below to check out our careers, education, and document library. Information on our projects, floating wind, and the latest news can be found using the menu at the top of the page. 

Documents

Download our community newsletter along with a range of documents relating to planning, project consents, careers and education from our document library.

Careers

If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved in off-shore wind please take a look at our careers page which includes a variety of resources.

Education

We have produced an animated video and education pack to work with primary-level students on the impacts of climate change and floating wind.

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