EDF Big Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP)

EDF BEEP was a programme run in the 2017-2018 academic year. The goal of the BEEP was to encourage young people to consider the energy issues affecting our world from an early age and, by harnessing their passion and commitment, to inspire their peers, families and communities to change behaviours. The project placed an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects, so in addition to the programme schools were offered a series of classroom materials related to these fields. This allowed schools the flexibility to deliver the programme at the time most suitable for their students. This could have been in their science lessons, tutorial time or in after school clubs.

The programme came to a close in December 2017, and we had a total of 48 schools sign up to the programme for 2017-2018. From these, we had 21 team entries into the National Competition.

The National Competition was judged by the panel in early February 2018. The panel included colleagues from EDF Energy and the TT. One winning team from each year group was selected to receive an exclusive, all expenses paid trip to an EDF Energy Power station, where they participated in a workshop and tour. In addition, the winning students in each team each received £25 worth of Amazon vouchers.

Of participating students surveyed:

  • 95% had a better understanding of energy efficiency
  • 87% said the programme has shown them how to make more differences in their communities
  • 85% were more concerned about energy efficiency
  • 77% said that they were better able to cope in difficult situations
  • 75% had improved their knowledge of science, technology, engineering & maths
  • There was a 5% increase in the number of people who said that they found science, technology, engineering and maths interesting
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I least enjoyed having to learn about the negative effects of energy consumption as it made me very concerned about the earth’s well-being in future. Although this has just made me determined to spread awareness.
— Student participant