Energy for schools: harnessing kids’ energy for charity

The primary school-aged children learnt how energy is generated and stored, before participating in interactive ‘energy stations’, where the energy produced was converted into money for their chosen local charity and their own school. 

The stations involved riding bikes to light up a dance floor, dancing up a storm, a fast paced ball game and participating in Origin’s littleBIGidea competition to generate ‘brain energy’. 

Each of the stations measured the kids’ energy output through a combination of pedometers and tracking devices which measured their steps and distance travelled. 

For each kilowatt of energy the kids produced, we donated $1 to the charity of the school’s choice, up to a total of $1,000, along with a donation of the same amount for the school. This ended up being a total of $36,000 raised for schools and local charities!

“The kids got a real buzz out of trying to generate their own energy, and there was the added bonus of raising money for their school and local organisations” said Josh, Origin’s Otway Gas Plant Field Manager.


“The kids got a real buzz out of trying to generate their own energy” – Josh, Otway Gas Plant Field Manager.


The schools chose to support a range of local charity organisations with their ‘energy money’ donations including the SES, the Queensland Cancer Council, the Lions Club and the Red Cross.

Part of our broader commitment to education, the Energy Made Fresh In Schools roadshow is an extension of the Energy for Schools program which is now in its 12th year and reaches over 40% of primary schools. 

Through these programs, we aim to make energy education fun, interesting and interactive. 

If you would like more information about the program, please visit our Energy for Schools website

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