Enerkids – Energetic students exploring energetic solutions
Sponsered by PEPE in conjunction with the Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung
Enerkids, an organized comprehensive cross-gender mentoring model, is a two year cooperative research project involving elementary through high school students from five schools in Vienna, scientists and colleagues from the Mining University Leoben and the Teacher Training College in Vienna.
The Mining University of Leoben sent a team of students to give a presentation with the underlying theme of “Energy from the Deep – Oil and Geothermal”. The presentation mainly focused on professions in the oil industry. Afterwards, the students were given an in depth look as to where oil comes from, how it is produced and processed, and what everyday items use and/or contain oil. The students were eager to learn and asked a myriad of questions to quench there curiosity which made sharing our experiences and knowledge that much more enjoyable.
Enerkids - Project Goals (roughly translated from the project outline)
The students and teachers, as well as all other participants, work together as equal partners in a three step research project. Each step is goal oriented to help the students in obtaining basic scientific competence:
1. The students combine their efforts and set up a detailed list of questions. They then investigate facts from interviews and lectures concerning the topic "Energy from the deep" alongside there regional school counterparts and/or participating scientists.
2. Through integration of research and development, the mentoring team compiles technique building educational and pictorial materials (pictures and test examples) for the students.
3. Final evaluation, modification, presentation of the goal oriented materials and shared knowledge results in a high standard of quality and makes proper target audience oriented dissemination possible.