Last Wednesday 30th November, the EVS volunteers Kate and Andrea, developed a dynamic energy quiz in Drumshanbo Youth Café. It was the second session we had with the same group of children between 10-12 years old. The game was based on musical chairs. Instead of being directly out of the game when someone was standing, we gave them the opportunity to continue playing if they answered correctly an energy question.
The purpose of the quiz is learning more about renewable energy and energy saving tips while they have fun playing a game they are familiar with. We found it was an effective approach to mix fun and knowledge. The children were full of energy and inspiration. They answered the questions quickly enough to return to the game. We can say it was a complete success, while playing we heard comments such as: “this is great fun!”, “let’s play again”. We were delighted to share our time with them and to contribute to their non-formal learning.
Art from rubbish
After that, we had our last session with them before Christmas. Our EVS volunteers in cooperation with Drumsanbo local pubs “Conways” and “The Millrace” collected recyclable rubbish to create Christmas decorations.
The idea was to show a simple example of sustainability and recycling through art. GEAI volunteers, Andrea, Kate and Alex went to Drumshanbo’s pubs and asked the staff to keep caps and cans from non alcohol beverage during the weekend. They collected a lot of bottle caps and cans. Using them Kate and Andrea showed the group of children how to create a snowman as an example of Christmas decorations.
Children were excited! They created different kinds of snowmen using cans, caps and other materials.
It was really enjoyable. During the weekend they sold their snowmen on Drumshanbo local Christmas market.
We were delighted to collaborate with Youth Café staff members and we are really thankful to the pubs. We know this weekend was profitable for our sustainable little group.