During June, our GeoEnergy Discovery Centre hosted 11 different school groups on our latest road trip with stops in Randalstown, Newtownbreda and Ballynahinch as part of our schools’ engagement programme. 

Packed full of educational resources, including interactive experiences such as Virtual Reality (VR) technology, the GeoEnergy Discovery Centre helps students discover the power and potential of geothermal energy here in Northern Ireland as a renewable and low carbon energy source.  

We kicked off in Randalstown, where Geo Ambassadors also welcomed the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Councillor Neil Kelly, who joined students and teachers from Mount St Michael’s Primary School, Central Primary School, Maine Integrated Primary School and St Benedict’s College to learn more about the GeoEnergy NI project and Northern Ireland’s wider geothermal energy potential. They also viewed a local video case study where a new Rural Housing Association apartment development in the town has already harnessed the power of geothermal energy to heat the new homes.     

The following week, we ‘rocked up’ in Newtownbreda, where pupils from Belvoir Park Primary School joined Breda Academy to discover the heat beneath their feet, enjoying our range of educational resource. Pupils got the opportunity to handle rocks from below the Earth’s surface, be transported 250 metres underground using VR headsets and discover their depth of knowledge solving puzzles from the activity book. We had a top-class day with fantastic questions and insights from both schools.  

Our final stop was Ballynahinch, where we were joined by pupils from Drumlins Integrated Primary School, Ballynahinch Primary School, St Colman’s High & Sixth Form College, The High School Ballynahinch and St Patrick’s Primary School. It was great to see all visitors get stuck into the geothermal experiments and enjoy the VR headsets.  They were truly a bunch of Geothermal Rockstars!  

We look forward to popping up at other schools around Northern Ireland during the next academic year. If you are interested in being a host school, get in touch by visiting our website for more information on how to register for a group booking, www.GeoEnergyNI.org/Contact-Us/  

The resource section of our website contains a host of educational and informative resources, including our project brochure, project animation explainer, activity book and video case studies. We also produced a bespoke teaching pack, aimed at Key Stage 2 students. The pack contains activities which have been designed to demonstrate what geothermal energy is and the wider importance of this renewable energy source.  

To download the pack or other project resources, visit our website, www.GeoEnergyNI.org/Demonstrator-Projects/#Downloads-Resources