The Pod (www.jointhepod.org) is EDF Energy’s award-winning education programme. Established in September 2008, The Pod was founded on a concept of ‘learn, act, inspire’ to engage young people in energy, science and sustainability. It provides free curriculum-linked resources and runs campaigns to teach young people (aged 4 – 14) about a wide range of environmental issues, empower them to act on their learning, and enable them to inspire others with their achievements.
Since launch, over 19,000 UK schools have registered with The Pod, as well as community groups (such as Scouts and Guides), home educators and other education establishments. The Pod has reached schools beyond the UK too – over 170 schools in 36 countries across the world, from as far away as China, Nepal and New Zealand, have registered.
The Pod has three main aims:
- To promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and encourage science and engineering as career choices.
- To inspire young people and their families in to more sustainable lifestyles.
- To help children understand how a low carbon, secure and affordable energy supply is vital for the future.
The Pod provides a wide range of resources for schools, including lesson plans and assemblies for different age groups, practical activity guides, films and games, covering the topics of energy, waste, biodiversity, transport, water and climate science. The Pod runs two mass participation campaigns each year - Energy Month in November and Waste Week in March. They are designed to help get the whole school, parents and the local community engaged in living more sustainable lifestyles.
In support of HRH The Prince of Wales’ #iwill campaign, The Pod is also working to encourage and enable young people to take part in social action – making a difference to their local community and building their employability skills at the same time.