Renewable Energy Experiential Learning

Helping young people to learn is vital to understanding and acting on the need for regeneration.

Co-developed and designed with Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC), Renewable Energy Experiential Learning (REEL) is a free renewable energy education programme for primary schools. REEL encourages learning about renewable energy technologies–how they work, how they fit into the local landscape and how they address wider energy issues.

The programme brings relevance to energy generation by introducing the students to the hydro, solar and wind schemes that are right on their doorstep, generating electricity for local people. It brings experts into the school environment–local organisations and businesses who specialise in technology, investment, sustainability, ecology, learning and sharing. Exploring local electricity generation makes relevant the abstract subject of renewable energy, showing its potential to bring about positive change in the world.

REEL was launched in June 2017 at St Christopher’s Prep School, Staverton. Since then TRESOC has run 5 more projects at 4 more local primary schools. Over 92 children have now taken part.

If you’re interested in bringing REEL to a local school TRESOC would love to hear from you. For more information please get in touch with Sally Murrall-Smith at

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