During his stay at the station, he will be in regular communication with Belgian students to help them learn about the technical aspects of the station, as well as the variety of the different scientific projects (glaciology, atmospheric sciences and Earth sciences) taking place at the station.
Polar Quest is an educational project organized by the International Polar Foundation with the support of the Brussels Capital Region and Wallonia, targeted at students in their 5th year of secondary school (high school juniors). Inspired by the "zero emission" concept of the Princess Elisabeth station, students involved in the project work with their teacher to devise a technical project with goal of more efficiently managing energy use in their school.
During the first phase of the project, students were asked to make a project proposal and present their ideas in a video. Five classes from five different schools made it to the Polar Quest final, held in Brussels on the 14th of May 2014, at which an expert jury selected the project conceived by students from the Athénée Royal d'Ans.
All students who participated in the Polar Quest contest were highly enthusiastic, and found highly creative solutions to manage energy more efficiently in their school.
Some of the solutions the winning team from the Athénée Royal d'Ans came up with include:
- Having students insert and remove a card to switch computers on and off, to avoid computers being left on when not in use;
- Automatic light dimmers that adjust the electric lights in the classroom in relation the amount of ambient light outside;
- Constructing a wind turbine that will eventually provide energy for the school using recycled components;
- Installing LED panels to replace inefficient incandescent lighting in the IT classroom;
- Designing a solar-powered carport for electric bicycles.
During the five weeks he will spend at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, Roger Radoux will also be constantly in touch with his students via Skype to share what he learns about the way energy is produced using wind turbines and solar panels, and how energy use is managed using the station's smart microgrid.
Other students and teachers will be able to follow the project and benefit from all the resources Mr. Radoux creates during Polar Quest via the International Polar Foundation's educational website EducaPoles, as well as through the websites of the Athénée Royal d'Ans and Roger Radoux's personal blog.
(1) Polar Quest is an educational project organized by the International Polar Foundation with the support of the Brussels Capital Region and Wallonia. The theme of the project is sustainable energy management. Its objectives are to encourage students to be creative while increasing their technical and communication abilities. The project also aims at increasing students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
(2) The International Polar Foundation supports polar scientific research for the advancement of knowledge, the promotion of informed action on climate change, and the development of a sustainable society.
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