The educational element comprises a mix of Indoor and Outdoor “Points of Interest”.
There are four Indoor and six Outdoor Points of Interest.
The Indoor Points of Interest comprise
- 3 interpretative tables
- 1 Wall display – which will be called "Wundercloset"
The six Outdoor Points of Interest comprise:
- An Electric Swing
- A Gravitational Energy installation
- An Energy Floor
- An Energy Bike
- A Scale version of the Transfo site
- An X-Ray viewer.
We will look in more detail at the points of interest below but first it is worth considering the aim of the educational element within the project. Stijn Vandamme of the Province of West Flanders describes it well when he says “the goals of the educational element of RE/SOURCED are twofold. We want to encourage visitors to consider producing renewable energy themselves at home. To guide their thinking, we want them to learn the value of different types of energy in a playful way through RE/SOURCED.”
As with the other aspects of RE/SOURCED, the educational element has a notable innovation slant to its design and delivery. The team has used the expertise of the project’s Advisory Board that has the Technopolis represented - Technopolis is based in Mechelen (Belgium) and is recognised as a leader in STEM engagement
The innovative nature of this RE/SOURCED educational work-package has been recognised by external players who are unconnected to the project’s delivery. Subject to a successful appraisal of the educational platform once it is constructed, ELIA has expressed an interest in using the same design elements to create a mobile or touring version. This could provide schools, in locations far from the Transfo site, with access to a similar educational and engagement amenity to that delivered through RE/SOURCED.
This is not the only external interest in RE/SOURCED. Essex County Council (UK) has expressed their interest in the PV car (an educational tool developed as part of the Empower project, and continuing to be used within the educational trajectory of RE/SOURCED). The team exchanges its knowledge and learning with POM West Flanders (the regional development agency of West Flanders). The team also maintains links with Regional Technology Centre of West Flanders and also works with colleagues in Fabriek Energiek. An additional stream of communication is with Howest University of Applied Sciences (in the field of energy management).
Thus, the Transfo educational programme is not being delivered in isolation. Rather, it is integrated within a wider public engagement activity across Flanders.