Inspiring students to study science

30 April 2014

Transpower engineers visited Tawa College recently to promote STELR (Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance), a science education programme about renewable energy.

The team, including a graduate, gave an inspirational presentation to Year 10 students on the benefits of studying science and encouraged them to consider a career in engineering or a science related field.

The education programme,  developed by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), has been used in 380 Australian schools. The primary aim of the programme is to address the low participation rates in New Zealand and Australia in science and maths subjects at upper secondary level by relating these subjects to highly relevant issues affecting all students. CIGRE (International Council on Large Electrical Systems) has provided funding for the programme to be provided to two New Zealand schools including Tawa College and Burnside High School in Christchurch. Transpower is a member of CIGRE and is pleased to support the programme.

The programme’s renewable energy kits provide hands-on workshops for solar, wind and hydroelectricity. Brian Sturman the Head of Science at Tawa College said "The kits really engage students because they support a hands-on inquiry style of learning. Students are interested in the environment and sustainability so the kits provide a relevant context for learning, particularly with a wind farm (Mill Creek) being constructed near Tawa."