Since its inception in 2006, well over three quarters of a million primary pupils and half a million secondary pupils have taken part in elements of The E.ON Energy Experience, our UK education programme which aims to help teachers teach children about energy.
Over the last 2 years, our activity has focused on ‘live events’ — our unique mix of live theatre, drama sessions, hands-on science workshops and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) sessions. So pupils don’t just watch and listen, they get involved with the action to really understand the importance of saving energy. All our live education is supported by our online curriculum which covers all aspects of energy learning for 5 – 16 year olds.
Feedback from schools tells us that teachers value the experience we provide and that they wouldn’t have the finance, resources, time, equipment and expertise to deliver it themselves.
All our education work is aligned with our business objective of being our customer’s trusted energy partner and helping our customers to control their energy bills.
Our work in schools shows how we can have a direct impact on this – by improving our reputation, building trust with our schools and educating the next generation of energy consumers on why energy is such a precious resource and how we can all reduce our energy usage.
Since January 2013, our Energy Experience programme has been delivered to over 20,000 primary and secondary pupils in England and Scotland. We’re really proud that each of these pupils experienced our education programme and learnt about energy.
Amongst these are 10,475 primary pupils who learnt about energy alongside Sherlock Holmes and Dr ‘Watts-On’ in our Town of Total Darkness play, and 5,160 who put on their white lab coats and helped Smart Alec complete a number of energy tasks in Smart Kids. 540 pupils took part in our Insulation Challenge which saw them insulating their own playhouses and 2,080 took part in the STEM project Tomorrow’s Engineers.
Corporate responsibility is at the core of our UK strategy and Community Relations is an integral part of our aim to invest in the communities we affect and to help customers to use only the energy they need.
To learn more about E.ON’s Smart Kids education programme, click on the link below:
The E.ON Energy Experience won Community Initiative of the Year at the 2014 Utility Week Achievement Awards.