Davis Elementary School is the first school in the Avalon West District to implement an energy savings program. This program is a cooperative effort between the Grade 7 classes at Davis Elementary, Avalon West, and Newfoundland Light and Power. Consultants from Newfoundland Light and Power visit the school periodically to study the most effective and cost efficient means to save electrical energy in the school. The Grade 7 students will work closely with these representatives to monitor and inform the school of energy use and any savings made. The School Board has promised the school that it will reimburse the school 50% of any savings made. The long term goal of this pioneer project is to get other schools in Avalon West District and in the province involved in cutting energy costs; as well as teaching our students to better manage our resources. As funding for schools in our province is decreasing, we at Davis Elementary feel that keeping costs down is an asset to the School Board and is a contribution that all schools can make to keep costs manageable.
Beginning January 5, 1998, Grade 7 students at Davis Elementary will meet monthly with Newfoundland Light and Power representatives to discuss progress in energy savings for that month. The Grade 7 students will lead a school-wide program for energy savings, as well as monitor the use of electrical energy in each classroom in the school.
To promote interest and inspire other schools to design energy projects of their own, Davis' students will set up a Web site to share their findings and ideas with other students in Avalon West, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the world! It is our goal to correspond with other schools via the Internet concerning special details and as a means of information/data comparison.
This project is cross-curricular utilizing skills in Science, Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Computer Technology.
In January, students will study a unit on measuring temperature. They will use thermometers in each class to monitor the comfort zone (heat) in each room in the school. Data will be recorded and compared to other readings taken in that room. Thermometers for each room have been donated by Newfoundland Light and Power. Data will also be graphed and displayed so everyone will be aware of every consumption, savings, etc.
Graphs, charts, sample calculations, recordings data, savings, and kilowatts of energy used, will be calculated and displayed. This information will be displayed in the school lobby, and will be posted to the Web site for others to follow.
Students will use computers in the computer lab to set up a school Web page for our energy project. They will provide weekly updates on the various activities going on in our school. Graphics such as charts, photographs, tables, etc., of the project in all stages of development will also be available on the Web site. Students will also design a "questions & answer" component whereby other students with Internet access can set up a dialogue with other students about the importance of saving energy. This is expected to lead to a one-on-one e-mail between students of two or more different schools as the project evolves.
Computer technology will also be used to calculated and process the various statistics that will be gathered over the lifetime of this project. It will be used for word processing.
Students will be required to write and present research reports on the many facets of energy production and conservation. This will be integrated into the word processing component of computer classes. Students will also be responsible for creating pamphlets, brochures, posters, banners, etc., for display and distribution.
Students will also design and develop an energy conservation trivia game using HyperStudio. This game will be suitable for posting on our Web site.
Critical thinking, writing, reading, research, oral communication, evaluation of data, will also be met through the Language Arts component.
Evaluation in a project of this magnitude has to be on-going. Objectives will be designed, but will be flexible enough to change in order to meet circumstances that are beyond our control. Students will be monitored for project participation and for academic quality. All oral reports, written reports, displays, etc., will be evaluated by teachers. Group communication efforts will be evaluated by peer group members as well as the intended audience. At the end of the school year, all students will have to submit a term paper on what they learned from the project and make recommendations on improving the project as it progresses into the next year. It is everyone's intention to make this an on-going project from year to year.