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2,000 schools across the country have signed up to the education programme, the Big Light Project, to deliver lessons in 2010/11.
The project, from Recolight, is aimed at eight to 13 year olds and aims to improve children’s understanding of the differences between compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and traditional incandescent light bulbs.
One of the main messages of the project is why CFLs, which are more commonly known as energy-saving or low-energy light-bulbs, should be recycled rather than disposed of with domestic waste.
Following a successful pilot in 750 primary and secondary schools in the South-East of England in the 2009/2010 school year, the programme was rolled out to schools nationwide in August 2010.
Specialist teaching materials, written by industry experts and teachers, are available for primary education covering a range of modules including history, technology, ICT and English, and at Key Stage 3 in science, PSHE and design & technology subjects.
Nigel Harvey, chief executive of Recolight, the national recycling scheme for the lighting industry, said: “We want to show the adults of tomorrow the important role that they can play to improve the environment for future generations."
"The Big Light Project will show this by taking students on an imaginative journey, from past through to the future, touching on related life issues such as active recycling, energy efficiency and climate change."
The Big Light Project
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