Virtual science festival teaches students across Canada about energy

“This is amazing! The best virtual experience that I have had teaching.” – Teacher in Deer Island, New Brunswick

30 classes across Canada participated virtually in science and technology workshops as part of the Kids’ World of Energy Festival from May 3-14, 2021. This was the first online experience of the festival, which has been taking place in Toronto since 2008.

681 elementary students learned about environmental and energy topics with Relay Education’s facilitators in online classrooms. The interactive workshops focused on energy conservation, water conservation and electrical safety which is a part of Relay’s mandate to educate youth about the science of energy. The educational content also focused on how energy affects the environments in which we live and play.

On May 3, Relay held a livestream event on Youtube to kick-off the festival and bring hundreds of students together. The event featured demonstrations using solar and wind technology and the opportunity for kids to interact live with Relay team and one another.

The Kids’ World of Energy Festival has taken place annually since 2008, but was canceled in May 2020 due to the pandemic. Relay Education shifted from in-person to online teaching in the summer of last year, and in 2021 saw the opportunity to create a virtual experience of their annual children’s festival. Planning a virtual country-wide event was new to the team which involved developing new workshops,  and ensuring the content would be interactive and curriculum-connected for the student audience. The festival took place over two school weeks, including schools in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

100% of teachers surveyed said they would participate again and recommend the event to other schools. 98% of teachers surveyed said the festival was curriculum connected and well organized.

The 2021 virtual festival was also a part of Science Odyssey, a celebration of discovery and innovation that engages Canadians of all ages with activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our festival was among hundreds of other events that celebrate STEAM through interactive activities for Canadians.

681 students in 30 schools across Canada participated in the first online experience of the Kids’ World of Energy Festival, which has been taking place for 13 years. Since 2008, the festival has taught over 28,000 kids about how to help to protect our planet through hands-on education.

Map of the participating schools across Canada


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