Designing the Future Home Occupants

Designing the Future Home Occupants
19th May 2016 Alison Parker

As a STEM ambassador Argyris Oraiopoulos has taken the opportunity to interact with the future occupants and owners of UK homes.

He is currently running a series of workshops that aim to educate primary and secondary school students on what is climate and why is it changing at an unprecedented rate. They also cover what are the causes of climate change and which one has the biggest impact on climate.

The workshops focus on ways to reduce Energy Demand in homes by identifying key actions one can take when at home. Depending on their age, students have either the chance to calculate their own energy demand by taking part in a mathematical exercise that is based on a hypothetical future scenario which sees them as undergraduate students, living in a shared house, trying to reduce the amount of money they spend on their energy bills (years 9 & 10). Or they are given the chance to design a poster for a Home Energy Demand Reduction Action campaign, while learning significant key facts regarding climate change and energy demand in homes (years 5 & 6).

Here are some of the posters designed by year 5 & 6 students at the John Burns & Hillbrook Primary Schools.