The purpose of the initiative is to illustrate how the national electricity grid works and to encourage the rational use of energy and efficiency in the classroom.
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Students from the La Pola de Gordón secondary school in León have won the Olimpiada entreREDes top prize in the second- and third- year category, while students from the Instituto Arca Real in Valladolid received the same honour in the fourth-year category.
The director general of Energy and Mines and the director of EREN, Ricardo González Mantero; Red Eléctrica de España’s Manager of Central Regional Office, José Ignacio Fernández Somalo; and the territorial delegate from the Junta de Castilla y León, Guillermo García, presented the awards to the students and thanked them for the effort and dedication they showed during the competition.
This activity, which is part of the ‘Jugando entreREDes’ education initiative developed by Red Eléctrica de España and organised by EREN, is an educational project that aims to illustrate how the national electricity grid works and to encourage the rational use of energy and efficiency in the classroom. The competition, in which roughly 600 students and teachers participated, began last April, and the final took place yesterday at the headquarters of the Territorial Delegation of the Junta in León.
The students participated in a mini league where they had to answer questions selected from a series of more than 8,500, based on a videogame designed by Red Eléctrica de España and featuring a map of the electricity transmission network’s lines and substations. The questionnaire was based on secondary school subjects, such as geography, history, physics, chemistry, maths, language, literature, leisure and culture, and included a sections dedicated specifically to the electricity sector.
The students also attended talks/workshops given by technicians specialising in environmental education, designed to reinforce their knowledge of the link between electricity and social welfare by inviting them to reflect on the advantages of exercising responsible energy consumption.