Talk Energy Week 2016 - A huge success!
Talk Energy Week 2016 was another smashing success. It started off in November with the formal announcement of Talk Energy Week 2016 during a Guinness World Record attempt for greatest distance covered in 24 hours by quadricycle.
The conversation on energy kept going with students of Louis Riel School during their attempts to set a record for fastest ten kilometres on a quadricycle. The goal was to highlight the second largest use of energy for Canadians: transportation. While not everyone has a quadricycle they can take to work, Let’s Talk Energy hoped to encourage Canadians to think about the way that they use their energy, and to think about changing their habits in the months leading up to Talk Energy Week 2016.
The week itself was made up of three main components: a broadened speaker series, a live broadcast webinar, and thermal camera activities run at museum affiliated partner sites. Thermal cameras are always a big hit at outreach, and thanks to FLIR Canada many were on the road for Talk Energy Week 2016, at some of Let’s Talk Energy’s 31 museum affiliated partners! These cameras were used to show the importance of heating and cooling in a cold country like Canada and to give people the chance to check out how a thermal camera shows energy. Many visitors also took the opportunity to snap a #selfheat!
The speaker series this year grew exponentially and thanks to enthusiastic schools across the country Talk Energy Week 2016 was in every province and territory. Experts from over 40 organizations talked to students in their schools about how they think Canada can move towards a prosperous and sustainable energy future. From Nunavut to Newfoundland, students were engaged in talking about energy!
The final component of this year’s Talk Energy Week took place in Ottawa at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Over 100 students from local high schools joined three University of Ottawa students and recent grads to discuss the various perspectives on energy. They were joined by students across the country, who participated by sending in their questions via social media. To see a recording of the webinar, please visit our YouTube channel.
Planning is now beginning for Talk Energy Week 2017! If you have any suggestions, or if you’d like to get involved in the planning of next year’s event, please contact Jonathan Boutin at email@example.com.