Bioenergy in schools
Bioenergy can be used in many parts of a community and can assist in the teaching of botany, chemistry, mathematics, IT and environmental science. Bioenergy Association encourages its members to work with local schools to assist them include aspects of bioenergy within the teaching curriculum. Any schools wishing to obtain resource material or assistance with any of their projects may download from the association's websites or contact the association executive.
Schools showing the way
Kaikorai Valley High School Youth Enterprise Group in Dunedin - have been working with Bioenergy Association members, ADI to demonstrate how easy it is to turn waste into energy. They chose to look at treating food waste by anaerobic digestion. They have been nominated for several awards and won 4 at the regional finals, as well as taking out the top regional prize, and were finalists in the Youth Enterprise of the year awards in Auckland in October.
Otaki College - is growing their own trees to produce wood fuel. They are experimenting with different species and the project is linked to several curriculum items throughout different classes of the school.
With the assistance of Energise Otaki and financially support by WWF and Curious Minds funding the school is showing the relevance of wood energy to the community.