We are reading more and more reports alerting us to the climate threat, global warming and the impact of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions on our environment. We are also reading about an impending oil shortage, although we do not know when it will happen.
The energy supply, energy usage and energy dependence are key issues in sustaining our standard of living and they are debated frequently in both the media and the political sphere. These are complex issues.
Regardless of whether we are young or old, laymen or scientists, politicians or industry representatives, we need cohesive and factual information – without ideological or media bias. Increased knowledge, scientific debate and discussion will help us find the best solutions for the future.
The project Science & Everyday Life – Aspects of Energy is a joint initiative of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ Energy and Environment Council and the Royal Academy of Sciences’ Energy Committee.
The goal of the project is spread knowledge from a scientific perspective about energy issues in a broader context.
One important reason for initiating the project was that energy and the energy supply will be a key issue for Sweden and the rest of the world for the foreseeable future. Another was that researchers and engineers have important work to do to help find sustainable solutions.
We want to contribute a body of knowledge on the great significance of energy-related issues in a way that both increases commitment to the issue and defines the challenges we face. Our main channel for this is a book on energy – a book that has been widely acclaimed and for which demand is significant. Since the project started in 2005, almost 50,000 copies of the booked Energi – möjligheter och dilemman (Energy – Possibilities and Predicaments) have been produced, published and distributed.
When teachers were looking for supplementary materials, a professional development day for teachers was developed and offered in cooperation with science centres.
For the 2014/2015 academic year we worked with NTA to develop classroom experiments on energy technology accompanied by theory and didactic guidelines for teachers. The experiments are demonstration experiments that the teachers perform in the classroom. More information about the classroom experiments will follow.