Power up! Empowering children about the energy transition
For the past months graduating Master student Giulia Caleca designed an awesome educational kit to empower children in learning about the renewable energy transition. And did we already say it’s awesome? It is!
By teaching children about renewable energies, in a fun and interactive way, we could be more successful in challenging the status quo of common knowledge and prejudices about sustainable energy, and behaviours revolving around it. That’s what Giulia has been working on for the past month. She collaborated with Oak & Morrow by researching the topic and its relevance for a design project and she did a great job!
The final goal of this graduation project is to make the complex societal problem of the energy transition easier to grasp by end users. Giulia researched how sustainability is being taught in schools today. The Hague-based international primary school Haagsche Schoolvereeniging (HSV) allowed her to organise two co-creation sessions with a class of 20 pupils from year 6 (10-11 years-old). The result of this collaboration was ‘Power Up!’, an interactive game that aims at empowering children to step away from fossil fuel-based energy production in the nearest future. Through this interactive gameplay — which includes a board game, three sets of cards (Spark, Exploration, and Action), together with several ‘energy-catching’ probes — her final master project focuses on providing children the means to act against climate change by tackling real-world problems in their own creative ways, eventually becoming the true heroes of the energy transition.
For us Giulia is already a hero by creating this design tool and we wish her a great future career full of positive (green) energy!