KWEF Press Release
From May 15th – 19th, 2012, in Toronto, Ontario – TREC Education’s fifth annual Kids’ World of Energy Festival will educate and inspire students and families in topics of renewable energy, energy conservation and the science of energy through one-of-a-kind, hands-on, interactive activities. Be it cooking s’mores in a solar oven, generating electricity with model wind turbines and solar panels, or powering light bulbs with bicycles - there is no shortage of new ideas and unforgettable experiences.
From Tuesday to Friday, May 15-18, approximately 3,000 students will participate in the Festival – the palpable excitement and children’s eyes lighting up with genuine “eureka moments” will provide excellent photo-ops, visuals and sound bites. In addition, on Saturday, May 19th, for the “public festival day”, approximately 1,500 family members will participate in more hands-on energy and environmental themed activities at the Festival.
Kirstan Vanstone, TREC’s Education Director, highlights the value of the annual event: “The Festival is a unique opportunity for students to connect with important issues in a really fun, meaningful way. We hope to create lasting experiences that students can take with them as they begin making decisions on how they will consume energy and resources.”
One past student participant from the festival explained some valuable lessons learned from one of the festival activities he attended: “It taught me not to be greedy when using resources.”
As the Ontario government, private sector and citizens continue to chart the path for Ontario as a North American green energy leader – the Festival plays a vital role in ensuring the next generation and the public are informed and engaged in the renewable energy conversation.
What: 2012 Kids’ World of Energy Festival
When: May 15th – 19th 2012
Best time for media: May 15th – May 17th 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4W 3X8
About TREC Education:
Using the wind turbine that TREC launched with Toronto Hydro as the foundation of all our programs, we work to educate Ontarians about the link between their energy habits and environmental impacts through renewable energy tours, curriculum‐linked workshops and hands‐on activities related to renewable energy. TREC Education now delivers TREC’s educational programs and reaches over 25,000 students, youth, families and professional groups each year. In 2011, TREC Education received the Green Toronto Award for outstanding contribution to the greening of Toronto.
Contact person: Wesley Normington
Address: 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 407, Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8