85 pupils from Jeroen Bosch College secondary school for technical excellence visit HAS University of Applied Sciences

News 22 September 2015
Technasium

"How do you store energy from solar cells? This difficult question was the focus of the assignment given by energy provider Enexis to three classes at the secondary school for technical excellence at Jeroen Bosch College."

As part of a practical assignment for Enexis, 85 pupils from Jeroen Bosch College secondary school for technical excellence visited HAS University of Applied Sciences to learn more about energy and sustainability. For both educational establishments the visit was a great success.

Solar cells

How do you store energy from solar cells? This difficult question was the focus of the assignment given by energy provider Enexis to three classes at the secondary school for technical excellence at Jeroen Bosch College. Students at the school for technical excellence are not just taught theory, they are given practical assignments by businesses in the relevant field. This ensures that they not only acquire technical knowledge, they also learn to think creatively and develop presentation techniques. These skills will be of great benefit to them in the higher professional education or university study programmes they go on to follow later.

Insight into the world of sustainable energy

Back to the question at hand. Storing energy from solar cells, how does one do that? And how does a solar cell actually work? At HAS University of Applied Sciences’ Environmental Studies study programme they know how to answer questions like these. That’s why the pupils from the school for technical excellence were invited on Thursday 10 September to HAS University of Applied Sciences, where they were transported into the world of energy and sustainability. Senior lecturer Maarten van Oosterhout gave a special short lecture on energy sources, energy saving and sustainable energy. Dimitri Lamers provided some information about the Environmental Studies study programme.

Trying it out for themselves

The afternoon was not just spent listening, though. The pupils from Jeroen Bosch College were able to try carrying out some tests themselves, using a hydrogen vehicle and solar panels. Under the supervision of Environmental Studies lecturers and students, they learned about the process of how to calculate the energy yield from solar cells, how solar cells work and why a hydrogen vehicle is energy efficient.

Instructive afternoon

Claudia Janssen-Smits, Technical Excellence Coordinator and teacher of Mathematics and Research & Design at Jeroen Bosch College, comments on the visit: “We are pleased that HAS University of Applied Sciences offers our pupils this opportunity. Apart from the fact that we don’t have these facilities ourselves, it gives our pupils the chance to take a look around at the HAS and talk to the students. It was a very instructive afternoon and hopefully it will produce some good ideas for the project.”