This inclusive environmental ILS was designed implementing the socioeconomic impact approach. The main objective is to promote a discussion related to the importance of renewable energy, to engage students in investigating the uptake of renewable energy in their country or region. The ILS will invite students to explore the positive and negative aspects of renewable energies, the difficulties in convincing companies and politicians to take the necessary steps towards its adoption. This project also helps students develop their organisational skills by inviting them to learn how to use a SWOT analysis to support their claims. It invites students to collaborate and cooperate towards the construction of a competing report with their findings. Several important competences will be developed along the process: critical thinking, communication skills, creativity among others.

Learning Objectives

After this activity, students should be able to:

  • Understand the pros and cons of the main types of renewable energy sources
  • Be able to engage in debates about controversial topics
  • Understand and perform a SWOT analysis
  • Collect and work with data
  • Communicate their ideas 

This activity is a standalone activity, although it can be combined with the scientific ILS devoted to explore the Sun as a source of renewable energy (Renewable Energy - Here comes the Sun), the scientific ILS devoted to explore the Wind as a source of renewable energy (Renewable Energy - Good Winds).   They can integrate elements of the Open Schooling ILS (Renewable Energy Agents) and also the Cultural ILS - (Renewable Energy, Overcoming Cultural Barriers). 

The ILS design is following the principles of the universal design for learning (UDL) for inclusive learning.

Reviewer:  Nikoletta Xenofontos

 This activity was designed in the framework of the InSTEAM project.

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