Children are our future & playgrounds can be their introduction into green energy
There is always an undeniable amount of energy bouncing around on a typical playground. The kids are laughing, screaming, running around while spinning on equipment the whirls around, teeter totters and swinging back and forth. A new way of inspiring kids to think about energy differently and really where it comes from is starting to creep into playground all around the world.
The renewable energy playground is starting to become a reality through innovation and research. Even IBM just recently announced in their 5 in 5 predictions that kinetic energy harvesting or as they put it, “parasitic power collection” could literally revolutionize the way we generate and consume electricity.
Tying the research from kinetic energy research & parasitic power collection into playground around the world kids will be able to interact with cause and effect. In fact some playgrounds are being put to real use like a video on YouTube titled, “Children Power Playground” shows as kinetic playground ideas are turned into local water pump systems from activity on the playground.
These energy experiments will help children completely change the way they look at energy.
There are also playground experiments that show kinetic energy in more fun ways like an energy harvesting playground produced by the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University. This playground has bright LED lights that interact and change with the ebb and flow of activities on the playground. It’s the step forward in playground technology that can definitely get children thinking in a new way and becoming active participants in green energy production.
If kids get started out on the right track we can expect more of them to become interested in green technology and desire green degrees when they go to college. Training and programs is seeing it’s own revolution just like the playground as the world builds new technology and innovations in green energy production. Whether its wind, solar, bioenergy or even some type of revolutionary kinetic energy production kids will be the next step in changing the way we all view power someday.
Guest Post by Joel Mackey
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