New flash animations on Energy!

The International Polar Foundation, in collaboration with Romande Energie (Switzerland) and Kitango (France), has created a series of 28 interactive animations on energy children of ten year old and more. These animations will be published online regularily in the fun zone of the EducaPoles website.

Teaching dossiers proposing related activities for classrooms are also made available regularily.

Energy production and consumption is a fascinating and crucial subject, but even if we are able to read about it daily in our newspapers, it remains somewhat obscure and difficult to understand. Energy poses huge challenges to tomorrow's societies, and when produced through the combustion of fossil fuels, also has a direct link to Climate Change. It is for these reasons that the issue must be addressed now, and that the IPF has risen to the challenge by creating these 28 animations for young and old.

The 28 animations give simple answers to questions such as: "What is energy?", "How do we measure it?" or "What is electricity?". You will also find descriptions of the main sources of energy that are used today; a simplified explanation of the various problems related to energy production; and proposed solutions for tomorrow.

Contents of the 28 animations:

What is energy?

  • What is energy?
  • Converting energy
  • Overall balance of the Earth: the sun, the world's driving force
  • Measuring energy
  • Energy vectors: how we convert natural energy into man-made energy
  • The route taken by energy: from the power station to the computer
  • different kinds of energy
  • grey energy

Sources of energy

  • Coal
  • Oil
  • Gas
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Water
  • Biomass: wood
  • Biomass: biogas
  • Biomass: the biocarburants
  • Sun
  • Wind
  • Geothermics

Problems related to energy

  • Emissions related to the combustion of the sources of fossil energy
  • Other pollutions
  • Waste effects
  • Increase of the use and distribution of energy in the world

What can we change?

  • Change our practices
  • Improve the habitat
  • Managing transports
  • Labels and technology
  • Various scenarios