Topic outline

  • Summary

    Students of a secondary school organised an awareness campaign for a responsible use of our resources for pupils of primary school and children of the kindergarten. This project was selected as winner of the U4Energy award 2012.

  • Aims

    To impart knowledge about energy and natural resources to 14-year old students and to enable them to organise and run awareness campaigns for younger pupils and children in the kindergarten.

  • Main activities

     interviewing experts,
     learning about energy in physic lessons,
     making excursions,
     self-regulated learning in groups,
     designing an exhibition,
     documenting results in a portfolio and a project diary;
     designing learning activities for younger pupils,
     coaching peers and younger pupils.


  • Involved actors

    Teachers, researchers, experts

  • Connection with the curriculum

    Several topics of the curriculum for Austrian secondary I level are addressed (biology and physics)

  • Where to find the application or case

    The extensive documentation of this project can be found on the homepage of HS Munderfing in German language:

    On the website of the U4Energy Contest 2012:

  • Content

    14 year old students of a secondary school in Austria (HS Munderfing) worked on this project with their physics teacher. The main aim was to sensitize them to save energy and to learn about renewable energies. In groups they acquired knowledge about different renewable energies, by working with experts and making field trips to relevant outdoor locations. Students worked out experiments and wrote hand outs for their classmates. In each calls « energy detectives » were nominated to control the light switches and the computer. Students documented their experiences in a project portfolio, further the results of this knowledge acquisition were presented in an exhibition in the school.

    With their expert knowledge students organised workshops for pupils from primary school and children of the kindergarten. They designed 12 stations to explain global warming, renewables, about making electricity with solar cells, what is wind an how a wind power station works, the need of recycling waste and biomass and invited younger pupils to learn with and from them. The guests (pupils of primary school and children of the kindergarten) experimented and learned in workshops with their student coaches, they got to know the climes, experimented with solar cells, learned about regional and seasonal food, eco-friendly way of mobility, wind power stations, waste separation and they created their own wind wheel and pictures with pellets. Each of the students collected the results in a portfolio and wrote all activities in a project diary.

    Additionally this project « ETs - Energy Tutors » was submitted to the U4Energy award 2012 and was nominated as winner in Category C « Best school campaign on energy efficiency ».

  • Relation to a green topic and curriculum

    Austrian curriculum can be found: In this case relation is given to:

    • Physics, 8.class (=secondary I): Electricity controls our life
    • Biology, 8.class (=secondary I): Ecology and environment.

  • Being interdisciplinary: Drawing upon many academic disciplines and teaching methods

    This project is interdisciplinary, including several topics of physics, biology, ecology and environmental education. Further the learning activities foster numerous competences by operating self-regulated learning, peer learning, enquiry based learning, problem solving; and social learning technics.

  • Relevance to the daily life of students

    All topics and learning activities have relevance to students (and younger children´s) daily life. The student’s activities addressed several key competences.

  • Based on accurate and factual professional expertise

    In the first phase of the project students had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the topics by working with experts, supported by their physics teacher.