Sofia joined forces with Tees Valley Education (TVE), to develop, test and launch a series of educational resources to teach students about renewable energy, and to prepare for the North East’s predicted growth as one of the UK’s leading offshore wind energy hubs.
The five-school multi-academy trust has linked with Sofia to create and trial a series of offshore wind teaching resources that are now available online for teachers and others with an interest to download and use.
Two of TVE’s primary schools are those closest to the project’s onshore infrastructure – Wilton and Dormanstown - giving a natural link between the school and the wind farm.
The resources, developed by Spark Tees Valley, include: three engaging videos narrated by local youngster Billy; Google Earth maps highlighting renewables projects around the world, as well as teacher sessions to give students experience in planning a wind farm and science investigation techniques.
Prior to wider launch, the curriculum materials were tried and tested with TVE schools during the 2020 academic year, and in 2021/22 will be disseminated to a wider network by Sofia’s education support team from UK STEM. The team will engage with the 20 Teesside primary schools within a catchment area of Sofia’s onshore infrastructure and offer online teacher workshops to support the materials.
The resources will continue to develop but the first set of materials is now available here on the Sofia education resources page and also on the Tees Valley Careers STEM/STEAM portal.
Once the local dissemination is complete, they will be published online via further STEM and career networks and organisations to ensure accessibility to schools UK-wide.