Codling Wind Park launches innovative educational programme on climate change and action in local primary schools.
- A solution-focused programme exploring climate change and action
- Developed and delivered by educational experts
- Inclusive, creative, fun, and hands-on learning
Codling Wind Park has teamed up with STEAM Education Limited – a Cork-based team of experts aiming to bring science, technology, engineering, arts and maths to life in a fun way for children – to provide a solution-focused education programme on climate change to primary schools in the Wicklow and Greystones municipal districts.
The five-lesson programme explores what climate change is, the causes and effects on humans, nature, and the environment, and looks at engineering and technology solutions for a sustainable future.
Delivered by STEAM experts from industry and academia, the sessions will also help to inspire primary school children to love STEAM subjects and to become the future generation of Scientists, Technologists, Engineers, Artists and Mathematicians.
Using arts, communication and active citizenship, the hands-on, creative sessions engage children in understanding the part they can and do play in contributing their ideas towards a greener future.
Following an initial successful trial at St. Coen’s NS in Rathnew, the programme has since been delivered to children at St. Kevin’s NS in Greystones, with two further schools planned for May.
Liz Dillon, Community Liaison Officer at Codling Wind Park, said: “These sessions were great fun, and the children were really engaged. They asked lots of interesting questions about their environment and came up with great suggestions of small changes they could make to live more sustainably.
“Teaching children to think both critically and creatively is key to the development of a society which understands and is fully engaged with the world around them, the resources on which they depend, and in planning and creating a better future.”
Ms Griffin, teacher at St Kevin’s NS, said: “This was a very worthwhile series of workshops for 6th class, the students really engaged with the topics in a range of hands-on ways. In the weeks since the workshops ended, the children are far more aware of and interested in environmental topics, and biodiversity in Ireland.”
To find out more about STEAM Education Limited, please visit STEAM Education.
To find out more about Codling Wind Park and how it will create a safer and healthier environment, please visit www.codlingwindpark.ie.
Notes to Editors
About Codling Wind Park
Codling Wind Park is a proposed offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea, set in an area called Codling Bank, approximately 13-22 kilometres off the County Wicklow coast, between Greystones and Wicklow Town. Codling Wind Park is a 50:50 joint venture between EDF Renewables and Fred. Olsen Seawind. With an expected capacity of up to 1,500 megawatts (MW), it has the potential to supply the equivalent of up to 1.2 million Irish homes – 70% of all Irish households – with low-carbon, locally-produced, low-cost electricity, and to save almost 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year. Representing one of the largest energy infrastructure investments in Ireland this decade, the project will deliver substantial benefits to the regional and national economy, including more than 1,000 construction jobs and around 75 long-term, locally based jobs. Further information is available at www.codlingwindpark.ie. Subject to all necessary permits and consents being received, Codling Wind Park could begin construction in 2025. Construction is expected to take two to three years to complete.
About EDF Renewables
EDF Renewables Ireland is part of one of the world’s largest electricity companies and our investment and innovation in renewable energy projects is reducing costs for consumers and bringing significant benefits to communities.
EDF Renewables Ireland’s team has a wealth of experience in bringing complex development projects to fruition, across onshore and offshore wind, solar PV and battery storage technology, and is supported by more than 300 colleagues in the UK
In 2020 we acquired 50% of Codling Wind Park, a major offshore wind farm which will be located off the coast of Co. Wicklow, and 100% of Wexford Solar, which includes eight solar projects across Ireland. In total we have an Irish onshore development pipeline of almost 1GW.
In the UK, EDF Renewables has an operating portfolio of 36 wind farms and two battery storage units (together totalling almost 1GW).
EDF Renewables operates in more than 20 countries around the world.
About Fred. Olsen Seawind
Fred. Olsen Seawind AS is an established offshore wind developer building on Fred. Olsen Renewables’ 25 years wind track record, market presence and portfolio.
In 2021, the Fred. Olsen Renewables offshore wind assets and activity was organised within a distinct corporate structure in Fred. Olsen Seawind AS, and is 100% controlled by Bonheur ASA.
Utilising the extensive experience in Scotland gained through over 25 years of development, construction, and operation of onshore wind Fred. Olsen Seawind is committed to progressing offshore wind projects in Ireland, Norway and Scotland and is exploring opportunities in new markets.
For further information visit www.fredolsenseawind.com