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Greenhouse education: Just hot air?

O’Mara, K.L. and Jennings, P.J. (2001) Greenhouse education: Just hot air? Renewable Energy, 22 (1-3). pp. 127-133.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0960-1481(00)00047-1
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Abstract

One approach to increase 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. ACRE's research and development programs aimed at realising the widespread implementation of alternative energies. It plays 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 put to trial by the schools and community education project within ACRE in Western Australia, to help motivate interest in the physical sciences, technology and the environment.
The greenhouse effect and renewable energy have strong links to the physical sciences and student interest can be stimulated by relating the solution of environmental issues to the need of sound science training to comprehend these problems. Contributions of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy to the communication of information about these technologies to the public and to school students are noted. Computer programs, classroom experiments, and workshops target upper primary and lower secondary school students. (from World Renewable Energy Conf Proceedings, Perth, Australia, Feb 99).

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Energy
Publisher: Elsevier BV
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/17111
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