Grade 6 Students at Al Hekma School designed their own tech-friendly urban design. The solar design is a place where students can rest, whilst simultaneously charging their tablets. It blurs distinctions between pleasure and work and recasts power generation as an integrated and distributed public activity. It will also be used for outdoor classes. The objective of the project which was led by Ms. Rasha Al-Najjar, Science Coordinator and STEM team leader, was to help provide students with a comprehensively balanced education, based on technology and academics, and also aid in creating confident and motivated lifelong learners who are global citizens who can make a difference locally and internationally.
While working on this STEM project, students were introduced to the types of renewable energy resources by being engaged in various activities to help them understand the transformation of energy (in this project it was specifically solar) into electricity. Students also explored the different roles of engineers who work in renewable energy fields, having had to create a sustainable environment; an environment that contributes to greater health, happiness and safety.
The students now have good understanding about energy, and can harness renewable resources to create electricity for use in their everyday lives. The project has been a success and what we mostly enjoyed about the overall process was the educational process the students were engaged in. Science is mostly a field that consists of experimentations, and this was one of which was pleasurable and beneficial in equal portions.