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A proposal for a new IB subject "Renewable Energy Technology" to be taught at United World Colleges.

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UWC renewable energy proposal

  1. 1. Renewable Energy Technology<br />Proposal for a new subject for teaching at UWC<br />
  2. 2. An idea developed by<br /><ul><li>Magan Savant, IB Physics teacher, MUWCI (1997 – 2003), Li Po Chung UWC (since 2003)
  3. 3. Tobias Kellner, MUWCI (1998 – 2000)Centre for Alternative Technology (2008 - )</li></li></ul><li>In a nutshell:<br /><ul><li>We have written a proposal for a new IB science subject
  4. 4. The subject will use renewable energy technology as a vehicle to teach useful things
  5. 5. It contains elements of social (group 3) and natural (group 4) sciences
  6. 6. It will be fun for teachers and students!!</li></li></ul><li>Sustainability at UWC:<br />UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future<br />
  7. 7. Sustainability at UWC<br />UWC was founded to address the threat of conflicts between nations<br />Today, unsustainable and inequitable use of natural resources is as serious a threat<br />However, sustainability as UWC is often “tagged on”<br />
  8. 8. Sustainability at UWC<br />One way of introducing the topic at UWC is to have modules related to sustainability “tagged on” to existing IB subjects<br />e.g. teaching renewable energy as a module in physics, or sustainability as part of design and technology<br />
  9. 9. IB Physics<br />IB Design & Technology<br />Renewable Energy Module<br />Sustainability Module<br />
  10. 10. Sustainability at UWC<br />Our proposal is to teach elements of natural science (esp. physics), environmental science and social science (esp. economics) through the subject of Renewable Energy Technology<br />Sustainable technology is at the core, not tagged on! <br />
  11. 11. Inter-disciplinary thinking<br />Practical application<br />IB Renewable Energy Technology<br />Sustainable technology<br />Inter-UWC exchange<br />General science<br />
  12. 12. General Science<br /><ul><li>general scientific thinking
  13. 13. important core concepts from physics (plus some biology and chemistry)
  14. 14. relevant for everyone</li></li></ul><li>Sustainable technology<br /><ul><li>teach it using sustainable energy technology that really matters in today’s world
  15. 15. giving UWC students a head-start!</li></li></ul><li>Interdisciplinary thinking<br /><ul><li>integrate technical, economic, ecological and social aspects of technology
  16. 16. encourage students to see the bigger picture</li></li></ul><li>Practical application<br />Hands-on application<br /><ul><li>Lab sessions
  17. 17. CAS activities
  18. 18. Project Weeks
  19. 19. Extended Essay …</li></li></ul><li>Inter-UWC exchange<br /><ul><li>UWC are in extremely diverse environments
  20. 20. different technologies fit different UWCs
  21. 21. exchange information, teaching resources</li></li></ul><li>What would it look like?<br />
  22. 22. This is how we teach science today (IB Physics – as I remember it):<br />
  23. 23. In the classroom – IB Physics today<br />A mass of m = 5 kg is lifted up h = 20 m <br />- By how much did the potential energy increase?<br />
  24. 24. This is how we could teach it in Renewable Energy Technology:<br />
  25. 25. A village in Nepal wants to use a stream with a flow rate of 5 l/s and a drop of 20 m to produce electricity. <br />
  26. 26. In the classroom<br /><ul><li>How many 15W light bulbs can this scheme power?</li></li></ul><li>It’s the same formula!But it doesn’t stop here:<br />
  27. 27. In the classroom<br /><ul><li>What impact will it have on people’s lifes?
  28. 28. What impact will it have on the environment?</li></li></ul><li>In the classroom<br /><ul><li>The project will cost $1,000 and replace a diesel generator which costs $1 / kWh produced
  29. 29. What will be the rate of return over 20 years?</li></li></ul><li>Lab sessions<br /><ul><li>Great opportunities for hands-on experiments</li></li></ul><li>CAS<br />Excellent opportunities for CAS projects, e.g.<br />building a wind turbine at Atlantic College<br />supporting local biogas schemes at Mahindra<br />…<br />
  30. 30. Inter-UWC Exchange<br />Imagine Atlantic College builds a wind turbine as a CAS activity, documents the activity (video, data logging etc.), and exchanges the material…<br />
  31. 31. Inter-UWC Exchange<br />… for similar material on Mahindra UWC’s biogas project<br />
  32. 32. Where are we now?<br /><ul><li>We have a draft-version for a standard-level IB subject syllabus
  33. 33. The IB has a mechanism for introducing School-Based Subjects (SBS)</li></li></ul><li>Now we need colleges with staff and students who have the energy to make it happen…<br />
  34. 34. Contact information<br />Tobi_Kellner@yahoo.com<br />