The eWORLD Project, an innovative, digital education program about energy and climate change

26.05.2020
The project is adapted to the academic curriculum and is a tool that allows teachers to bring key concepts about energy transition into the classroom in an educational and interactive way.
EWORLD project session with high school students in an education centre in Madrid

The Repsol Foundation is launching the eWORLD Project, a digital education programme made for secondary school children that allows teachers to work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the classroom through content designed around energy and climate change

The programme offers teachers a dynamic and interactive format for discussing key subjects for the future like energy challenges, the differences between climate change and air quality, and sustainable mobility. It is organized into five chapters, which the teacher can apply to different branches of science, like physics, chemistry, technology, biology, and geography, in a way that adapts to the classroom dynamic.

eWORLD is a blended-learning initiative that combines digital content and activities structured around group work in the classroom, allowing students to put their creativity, communication, and teamwork expertise - all fundamental skills in the 21st century - to work in the classroom.

Several experts in education contributed to the design of this project, including Chema Lázaro and Javier Espinosa, both winners of the Spanish National Prize for Education, and Juan Núñez, an educator specialized in educational innovation; and they have incorporated some of the latest teaching philosophies, like collaborative or project-based learning and game-based learning. Likewise, the contents have also been developed with the collaboration of Repsol's expert professionals in the energy, innovation, and sustainability sectors.

Another novelty of the project is that it introduces an immersive narrative in which the students become the leaders. The activities are guided by Álex, a young university student that needs the learners’ collaboration to complete a series of challenges related to two Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in the framework of the 2030 Agenda: Affordable and clean energy (SDG7) and Climate Action (SDG13). At the of the programme, participants must present their conclusions and draft a manifest as a group, encouraging critical thinking and making them participants in the challenges of the future.

The program is already available on www.fundacionrepsol.com and will soon be available on the collaborative platform, Microsoft Teams, as well. Registration is open to all secondary schools and is completely free. During the development of the program, all of the participants are going to have the support of a pedagogical advisor.

Additionally. the eWORLD project has been used in trials at more than 50 innovative schools in Spain, whose collaboration has been fundamental for testing the content in the classroom and validating that the structure of the educational programme is sound.

Education for the energy transition

This initiative is rooted in the Repsol Foundation's strategy focused on the energy transition and society and addresses its commitment to education as a fundamental tool for facing the challenges of the future in the field of energy and climate change. 

One of its main lines of action is to promote rigorous knowledge about the energy transition. In order to educate youth and bring key concepts about energy and climate change into the classroom, the Repsol Foundation is reinforcing its educational programme through a digital platform that is combined with other types of activities in the classrooms like Energy with Consciousness and the Learningenergy workshops.

In this respect, the Repsol Foundation has a strategic agreement with Microsoft, with the objective of promoting educational innovation and incentivising the use of new technologies. The framework of this collaboration is integrated into the eWORLD Project on the Teams educational platform, which is implemented in 156 countries and is used in over 3,400 schools in Spain. In this way, Microsoft contributes to the spread of knowledge and training on energy and the energy transition and helps to prepare students to create a lower-emissions world through the application of new technologies.

The educational version of Microsoft Teams has a virtual classroom so that students can stay connected during online learning. Teams integrates conversations, video calls, content, homework, and applications into the same location at no cost to schools and universities. This allows teachers to create engaging learning environments right from their mobile devices, tablets, computers, or browsers.