YOUNG ENERGY PROGRAMME
RES offers educational opportunities for young people of all ages through its Young Energy education programme, which offers the elements below. To contact us about any of these programmes, please email the Education Officer.
Sustainability Education Resources
RES offers educational resources that draw on our vast experience of renewable energy technologies, sustainable buildings and climate change. These fall into two categories:
information resources on these topics that can be downloaded from our RESOURCES section
(see link at the top of the page)
classroom activities that foster pupil-centred learning and support a cross-curricular approach. These are currently offered to students visiting Beaufort Court, but are also be available on request from our Education Officer.
Training is provided on renewable energy technologies and the underlying principles of sustainable buildings using our unique office building as a case study. Training is held at our head office, Beaufort Court in Hertfordshire, in conjunction with Royal Academy of Engineering, the University of East London, the University of Hertfordshire and Groundwork Herts.
RES works to promote the UK government's Sustainable Schools agenda by:
- Working with Hertfordshire County Council on its Sustainable Schools Award.
- Supporting Eco Schools councils with educational expertise
- Working with a number of other environmental education providers in Herts, Beds and Bucks to ensure that teachers in the local area can take advantage of the outdoor learning and sustainability education opportunities on their doorstep. These organisations have come together to form the Places to Go, Spaces to Learn network, of which RES was a founder member
- There are a number of SETpoint Ambassadors among the RES staff who aim to promote Science, Engineering and Technology among school pupils. Since 2003, RES has worked with STEMnet, the BA Crest scheme and the Engineering Development Trust to mentor and support aspiring engineers working on genuine engineering challenges. For information about our internships and our graduate scheme, please visit our Careers page.
For information about our placement schemes, please visit our Careers section of the website.
Wind farm Communities
- RES can arrange independent educational provision on climate change and energy for schools near to RES wind farms.
- RES also offers schools within a 30km radius of our wind farm sites the opportunity to visit, with a curriculum-linked programme. For more information please contact us our Education Team.
As well as offering the opportunity for local schools to visit our wind farm sites in the UK and Northern Ireland (see above), RES also hosts school visits at our award-winning Hertfordshire-based head office, Beaufort Court, which features:
- An educational facility recognised by the Council for Learning
Outside the Classroom with its Quality Badge 'mark' and the Queen's
Award for Enterprise (Sustainable Development)
- A beacon refurbishment of the former Ovaltine Egg Farm, incorporating a range of renewable energy technologies, which was awarded BREEAM 'Excellent' rating and the RICS Regional Sustainability Award in 2005.
- An Energy Trail for students to follow either in RES-led tours or under teacher supervision, giving students firsthand experience of how this refurbishment building, completed by Wilmott Dixon Construction Ltd 2003, implements energy efficiency in combination with renewable heat and power technologies.
- An Energy Display of real-time generation data
from Beaufort Court's onsite renewable energy technologies: wind,
solar, and biomass, from which students can use data for in-class
activities. This is also available from our Beaufort Court website
enabling students from all over the world to see and learn how the
sustainability principles are being put into practice, and offers a
valuable data resource for teachers to link to the Geography and
View Beaufort Court Energy Generation
- Hands-on activities linked to the national curriculum to give students a practical understanding of the energy in the sun and the wind and how it can be harnessed to provide us with useful energy.