Two models were constructed for use in primary schools to help educate children on the meaning of sustainable development, and more generally on the role of civil engineers. The models shared the same basic structure. One consisted of a river valley, where undeveloped and developed land could be set up and the effects of flooding due to rainfall and river flows investigated. Various types of flood protection could be examined and the effects discussed. The second model allowed a hydropower scheme, with a dam and turbines, to be installed in the river valley. The flow, head and power generated could be varied and the effect on various stakeholders discussed. Both models were accompanied by detailed lesson plans. The models were tested on pupils aged 10 and 11 years from a local primary school. Feedback was good and it was found that in almost all cases the models and associated lessons had improved the children's understanding of sustainable development and the role of civil engineers.
|Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability
|Published - Dec 2008