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Greenhouse education: Just hot air?

O’Mara, K.L. and Jennings, P.J. (1999) Greenhouse education: Just hot air? In: Proceedings of the World Renewable Energy Congress, 10 - 13 February, Perth, Western Australia pp. 139-143.

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One approach to increasing the interest in science at schools is to show how science and technology relate to human or societal issues. Climate change as a result of the Greenhouse Effect and renewable energy are two issues which have strong links to the physical sciences and interest can be generated by relating the solution of environmental issues to the need of sound science training to comprehend these problems.

The Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) was established by the Commonwealth Government to promote renewable energy and greenhouse gas abatement technologies. As well as research and development programs aimed at realising the widespread implementation of alternative energies, ACRE sees itself as having an important role in the communication of information about these technologies to the public and school students.

This paper will look at some of the solar energy and greenhouse gas workshops and their outcomes, that have been developed and trialed by the Schools and Community Education project within ACRE in Western Australia, to help motivate interest in the physical sciences, technology and the environment.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
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