Project “Solar energy for schools” in action

In Nazarbayev Intellectual school of physics and mathematics in Astana city, a meeting of NIS students and teachers with representatives of Shell company in Kazakhstan was held within the framework of the project “Solar energy for schools”.

The project “Solar energy for schools” is implemented within the framework of the Memorandum of cooperation signed by the Ministry of energy, Shell and the Autonomous educational organization “Nazarbayev Intellectual schools”. It is aimed to develop skills and knowledge of STEM education, environmental culture, responsible attitude to nature and the future of the planet.

Representatives of Shell Company prepared lectures for physics teachers of three intellectual schools of Astana (IB (international baccalaureate), International school and Intellectual school of physics and mathematics in Astana city). Senior engineer and project manager of the international consulting engineering company ILF Stefan Rauer and Head engineer of contracted company of solar systems installation “MEK-Nur-Sultan” Azamat Baitasov told teachers about the development of the renewable energy industry, revealed the secrets of solar panels installed in Intellectual schools in the cities of Astana, Aktau and Uralsk. Anatoly Leontiev, commercial adviser of Shell Kazakhstan, Head of the “Solar energy for schools” project answered numerous questions of teachers about the advantages of using solar panels.

During the tour, the guests visited classrooms, school center “Technotronica”, where an exhibition of scientific projects dedicated to renewable energy sources was organized. Students of 12th grade Kasymkhan Intykbayev, Nuraly Dyusenov told about the methods of wireless energy transmission and methods of its application. Amir Akhmetov, a student of 11th grade, presented a model of solar rays concentration in the focus of mirror, which are absorbed by the solar panel. Representatives of energy company listened with interest to the report of Aibibi Abuova and Akbibi Eginbay, 11th grade students, who made an analysis of energy consumption from solar panels installed by Shell on the school grounds.

In the second part of the meeting, Business Development Manager of strategic projects in Shell Kazakhstan Fridtjof Wisur delivered a lecture on transition to green energy and introduction of green technologies. Stefan Rauer introduced the students to the activities of ILF-an independent engineering consulting company, that supports the successful implementation of technically complex and ambitious projects. Mr. Rauer devoted his lecture to solar energy and the basics of photovoltaic systems. The logical continuation of the lecture was an optional lesson, where topics were analyzed in detail.

The meeting ended with Round Table, where teachers, employees of the Information Technology Center, NIS Service and representatives of energy companies discussed the use of solar panels in the learning process. All Intellectual Schools where solar panels are installed have special displays that show weather data and data on energy generation, use and saving. Currently, it is planned to use such information blocks in the educational process.

Olga Mozhaeva, Deputy Chairman of the Board of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools emphasized, “Cooperation with Shell allows schoolchildren to gain knowledge about energy, the impact of energy production and consumption on the environment. It will also help to shape a careful attitude to energy resources and environmental culture.”