Hydro-Québec fosters the development of young students by designing educational kits on electricity and making them available to teachers. Several aspects are addressed, including the environment, sustainability, energy efficiency, electrical safety and facility tours. These teaching kits are tailored to different levels of schooling ranging from kindergarten to high school and are provided free of charge.
- Two articles on our operations appeared in popular science magazine Les Débrouillards.
- An editorial feature taking a playful look at a line worker’s job was published in Curium, a magazine for young readers with an interest in science, technology and society.
- Fun-filled and educational, Eco-Energy Squad kits were distributed in elementary schools across Québec. Two friendly cartoon characters got students thinking about clean energy as they set out to meet the power demand in Gustville. Kids enjoyed playing the part of cub reporters, investigating and creating news features on energy issues and the environment. In 2017, over 500 kits (including 22 in English) were distributed.
- The Envirovolt kit (in French only) was distributed in Québec elementary schools. The activities take a playful approach to safeguarding biodiversity. Students become apprentice biologists as they discover different plant-and-animal conservation measures applied during construction of a hydropower generating station and an electricity transmission and distribution network. In 2017, the kit was sent to 164 schools, reaching 312 classrooms and 7,227 students.
- Teaching materials aimed at introducing preschool and elementary students to electricity and its potential hazards were distributed. The 4,023 kits in French and 113 in English reached over 99,000 students.
- The Hydro-Québec Science Fair offers elementary, high school and CEGEP students a chance to present projects in one of three categories (Experimentation, Design or Study) on a topic of their choosing. In 2017, the fair’s 13 regional finals involved 223 schools and 1,372 participants (31,000 visitors), while its Québec final involved 78 schools and 174 participants (3,000 visitors).