Author: Pernille Manicus, translated by: Pernille Manicus
Tilsted School and Sydthy Friskole visited the Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy this week to learn more about biodiversity and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through our Green Safari.
“Can a wind turbine run 100 km/h?”
35 excited and eager students from the 5th grade at Tilsted School came to Green Safari at 9 on Monday morning, September 19, and after a short introduction they were let loose with clipboards and bags. Into the wind turbine wing, through the labyrinth, down the biodiversity trail, do puzzles in Skibsted Fjord, see a ¼ of an African school room, fish for questions and last but not least, make badges and insect hotels.
The day offered bright sunshine, and many, many, many questions, from “can a wind turbine run 100 km/h?” over “does a solar cell burn if it gets too hot?” to “how many badges have you made in your life?”. All the questions were of course answered to the best of my ability, and the students benefited from all the space we have at Folkecenteret.
“It’s great to come to a place where space has been created for learning through play,” says Minna, a teacher at Tilsted School, who had accepted the Nordic Folkecenter’s invitation to take her students on a Green Safari.
The students from Tilsted School seemed tired and full of experiences when they got on the bus with their badges and insect hotels.
Team RE and Team Sustainable Monkey Man
The next day, Green Safari went wild again. Sydthy Friskole had also agreed to come and try Grøn Safari. 15 pupils from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade came in on 20 September – and luckily there was sunshine on the program here too. The students were divided into two teams, and upon request they agreed on the two team names: Team VE and Team Sustainable Monkey Man.
They too were happy with the surroundings, and spent a lot of time finding the right materials for their insect hotels – one of the tasks you get when you try Green Safari. The teachers Annelise and Jens had a good day with their students, and they were happy about the outdoor experiences that Green Safari gave the students:
“We really want to take the children outside, and that was also why we asked to be dropped off a little way from here, so that we could have a good trot with the children here,” says Annelise.
And on this day too, we could see that the activities and experiences had left their mark on the students, who were looking forward to getting a seat on the bus home to school.
From here, a thank you for the visit to the two schools; it was really nice – and we hope to see you again.
The project is supported by LAG Thy Mors. Read more about the “European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe invests in rural areas” here: http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rural-development-2014-2020/index_da.htm