My family and I have recently been watching Outlander. It’s about a woman happily living in the 1940s who is unwittingly flung back in time and finds herself amongst the Mackenzie clan in Scotland in the 18th century. She has to readjust to this time immediately or risk being murdered or burned at the stake. It’s compelling stuff, with lashes of intrigue, sword fighting, magic and also features THE sexiest Scottish man (even better than Sean Connery) that I’ve ever had the pleasure of
drooling over watching. Oh the accents! If you can, grab a copy of this programme, or better still, read the book.
The premise of the show has led to some interesting conversations in our home. What would you take with you if you found yourself in the same situation? Pencillin and antiseptic would top my list. Grace thought she’d take her dog Blossom and a packet of matches. My husband opted for a toothbrush and some Colgate. Angus said he’d take his mobile phone and a charger. Um. This led to another conversation about what forms of energy became available when, and just who he expected would answer his call in the 1700s. Some of the questions were tricky; some of the answers guesswork.
Children today generally have no clue a) what energy actually is, b) who provides it and c) the forms it can take. It is just there. A little like the carton of milk in the fridge.
So it’s really encouraging to see a major energy supplier, in this case Origin Energy, running a programme throughout schools in Victoria, NSW, QLD and the ACT that makes learning about energy fun, creative and interactive. It’s called Energy Made Fresh in Schools and as the name implies, the programme encourages students to try and make their own energy (by running, jumping, dancing and riding bikes) and then measuring it. Half the value of the energy they make can be used by to the school to spend on a school project or activity. The other half is donated to a community charity of the schools choice. Clever and generous huh? I also love that the initiative gets the kids moving.
This is the 11th year that Origin Energy has worked within schools to educate kids about energy. It is free for schools to participate ~ so why not encourage your child’s school to do so? Even if they decide not to participate, the Origin Energy website provides lots of engaging information which you and your children can take a look at. Conveniently, it’s broken down into age groups. My daughter (11) found it really interesting but younger children will too.
I applaud Origin Energy for taking a subject that could be considered a bit dull and making it engaging and accessible. But even better than that, they’ve given me an iPad mini to give away to one reader. Simply tell me what you’d take with you if you found yourself smack bang in the middle of 1750. Winner will be chosen by my son for the creativity of the answer on Wednesday 29 October*. So be quick!
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS TO JUDITH WHOSE SUGGESTION OF TAKING NUTELLA BACK INTO THE 1750’S WON THE HEART OF MY SON.
Until next time…
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*Australian entrants only. This is a game of skill and entries will be judged based on creativity and originality. Entries close 5pm Wednesday 29 October, 2014.