Hans van de Ven
- Science, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Natural environments (Geography), Environmental awareness and care (Geography/Science), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Cork, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
During his visits to schools Hans’s main aim is to nourish the innate curiosity of primary school pupils. Asking the question why is very high on the agenda. Why is biodiversity important? Why should we care for our local environment? In the classroom, Hans facilitates workshops to investigate how our local environmental heritage provides for us by treating water and supplying energy, as well as how we can learn from nature. By examining water quality through hands-on activities with wetland species and invertebrates, building watermills to see how energy can be generated from water and learning from our fellow living things to help solve problems in our daily lives Hans wants to instil a greater appreciation nature and the world around us. Visits are catered to the wishes of the school and can include a number of shorter workshops with a number of class groups or longer sessions with one class. Longer term projects can also be facilitated through the five-series visit.
Hans is an environmental scientist from the Netherlands where he worked for the Dutch Ministry for Transport and Water ways on a Natural Riverbanks Development Plan. He also has a level 6 diploma in Domestic Sustainable Energy from Tipperary Institute of Technology. With his background in the water sector and this knowledge on Sustainable Energy he has been helping primary and secondary schools to implement the Green-Schools Programme for the last 10 years.
"A most enjoyable and educational experience for both children and teachers." - Anon.
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips