This academic year over 3,400 primary and secondary school children in the Community of Madrid are taking part in workshops on the current energy challenges and new energy technology run by the Naturgy Foundation in schools. This initiative is part of the new Efigy Education outreach programme that is expected to reach 12,000 students across Spain this year.
The face-to-face workshops are being held in primary and secondary schools in Madrid, Alcalá de Henares, Las Rozas, Pozuelo de Alcorcón, Torrelodones, and Villafranca del Castillo. The foundation implements strict safety measures during the sessions to comply with Covid regulations and ensure the safety of students.
After the sessions, the programme will continue throughout the school year with content on energy within the scope of STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), adapted to all levels of the school curriculum. The aim is also to promote technology professions from a very young age.
The Naturgy Foundation makes current knowledge about new energy technology, such as renewable gas and its role in the circular economy, and the transition towards a more sustainable energy system, more accessible to the youngest generations.
Belén Garcia, a teacher at Escuelas Pías de San Fernando school in Pozuelo de Alcorcón, explained that the activity “is a very appealing way to bring the children closer to the world of renewable energy and is also highly recommended for further school years”.
“Our aim is for teachers and students to have access to the most current technical information about energy, and that’s why we will also provide schools with additional educational materials so they can work independently in class. These materials include our Energykits, online applications, the Service-Learning programme and the Efigy Technology Competition,” said Eva Buch, head of education and dissemination at the Naturgy Foundation. She added: “We also offer the teachers support from the company’s professionals, so they can update their knowledge about energy, the environment and energy efficiency”.