making renewable energy

Pilot film with St Christopher’s School, Staverton (4-minutes)

REEL 4-part Module

Day 1 (Half Day)

Introduction to Renewable Technologies (Solar, Wind, Hydro and AD) and student-led critical thinking around our global need for energy.

Day 2 (All Day)

A making day to creatively explore the science behind the technologies, such as building simple Archimedes screws, solar vehicles, lemon batteries, vertical axis wind turbines, food waste experiments and examining microbes.

Day 3  (Field Trip – All day)

Visit the technologies in action – Dartington Solar Farm, Dartington Wood Chip Boiler, Totnes Weir Hydro, Marley Wind Turbine, Old Parsonage Farm (to view potential site for anaerobic digester).

Day 4 (2 hours)

Feedback session and presentations.

Each project is currently run over 4 days and aimed at key stage 2. However, it is tailored for each schools needs.

We offer the REEL programme free to local primary schools. To give the programme longevity, we’d also like to continue to work with each school, on a yearly basis, to enable the school to run the programme themselves. This is already happening successfully with St Christopher’s Prep School Staverton. REEL will be run there for the third time this June.

The REEL Project wishes to thank its partner and sponsor organisations in helping to deliver this exciting school programme to schools around the district.

REEL Delivery Partners

We’ve created an education programme to encourage learning about renewable energy technologies – how they work, how they fit into the local landscape and how they address wider energy issues. We offer this to schools for free.

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, including Hydrosense, Fishtek, Beco Solar, Regen, South Brent Community Energy Society, Dartington Hall Trust, Quintas, RES, Octopus and Art& Energy. We are grateful to all of them for their time, and to our funders; private individuals and the Chacegrove Family Foundation.

Supporting STEM

Each school project supports joined up skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), encourages girls in STEM subjects through female role modelling, and, opens a dialog with each school about energy conservation, CO2 reduction and on-site renewables. More broadly, REEL demonstrates that there is a tangible way to make a difference when messages about climate change are overwhelmingly disempowering.

In June 2017, with the help of the Bioregional Learning Centre, we launched the pilot REEL project at St Christopher’s Prep School Staverton. Since then we have run ten projects at six schools: St Christopher’s, Park School Dartington, Landscove Primary, Stoke Gabriel Primary, On Track (Dartington) and the Grove in Totnes. Over 200 children have now taken part.

Get in touch

If you’re interested in bringing REEL to a local school we would love to hear from you. For more information please get in touch with Sally Murrall-Smith, our REEL Project Coordinator:


REEL collaboration on Soundart Radio

REEL teamed up with Soundart Radio and their Noise Art Club for young people. Our REEL delivery partners and sponsors were grilled about Renewable Energy as part of the ‘Every Child Has A Voice’ programme. Listen to the interviews »