Dr. Hen Friman
Smart Energy Through Education of the Future Generation Through an Action Learning Course, Academia and Community
Over the past 4 years, students from various faculties in the Holon Institute of Technology (HIT), took part in a course called “Green Ambassadors”. This course was considered an action learning course, which is a course that combines academic learning and social involvement that has an impact on the community. In the course, the students studied environmental issues, and then passed that knowledge on to pupils in elementary schools, through enjoyable educational activities. In order to illustrate the environmental topics, and to achieve high participation levels of the pupils, the students created a mobile laboratory containing experiments and demonstrations, in which the pupils took an active part. The final questionnaires, answered by the class’s teachers, show high rates of pupil participation, understanding, and enjoyment. Thus, the course managed to make a significant impact on the community. This paper will present the “Green Ambassadors” course at HIT, as well as the methodology used to achieve the course’s goals. Finally, this paper will discuss the success levels of the course.
Environmental Education, Experimental Learning, Elementary School, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency.
Dr. Hen Friman received his Ph.D. and Master’s degree from Bar-Ilan University, the master research was the “Examination the effect of the cytolytic protein Cyt1Aa on prokaryote cells” and the Ph.D. research “Energy Generation from Aromatic Compounds Degrading Bacteria Using “Bio-Fuel Cells”. Since 2012 Dr. Friman is a researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of engineering. Currently serving as academic director of Renewable Energy & Smart Grid Excellence Center in H.I.T – Holon Institute Of Technology. Dr. Friman current research fields of interest include Renewable Energy, Fuel cells, Microbial fuel cells, Water and wastewater treatment, Chemical Engineering, Ecological Education and Academic Community Collaboration.