Children get a chance to visit a wind farm, dairy farm and factory without leaving the classroom
· Nestlé has developed an interactive virtual school trips platform for children aged 7-12.
· The three trips are presented by well-known children’s TV presenter, Rhys Stephenson.
· The online sessions, created with Nestlé’s partners Community Windpower and First Milk, are available from today – nes.tl/KS2VirtualTrips
With school trips off the timetable for many children during the last two school years, Nestlé UK & Ireland has created a series of virtual tours for children to show them around a wind farm, dairy farm and a coffee factory, at no cost.
Aimed at children aged 7-12 years old, the school trips platform is a free resource available for schools and parents, featuring a series of interactive videos with quizzes and games.
The guided tours, hosted by children’s TV presenter Rhys Stephenson, give children the chance to see the inner workings of a wind farm – which powers electricity for all three sites, inside a cow milking parlour – and how the milk crumb can be used to make frothy coffees and hot chocolate in the factory, and how the coffee is roasted from bean to cup. All without leaving their classroom or home.
Presenter Rhys explains in a child-friendly and engaging way, how the sites are all connected through Nestlé to bring people food and drink. He also explains how the locations are set up to work collaboratively to improve sustainability practices, such as reducing carbon emissions and preserving local habitats – all of which was found, in a recent survey by Phunky Foods, to be very interesting to children.
The videos feature three sites in the UK:
- Community Windpower’s Sanquhar wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway
- A First Milk dairy farm in Cumbria
- The Nestlé Dalston factory near Carlisle, Cumbria
The interactive sessions, about 15-20 minutes long, are delivered through a self-guided touring platform that can be projected into a school classroom, or as an individual on a computer, laptop, or tablet. The videos are designed for the children to feel that they are having direct interaction with Rhys and the contributors, through activities, interactive quizzes, interviews with the experts and thought-provoking questions centred around the sites, sustainability, and biodiversity. As the children progress through the platform, they can collect stickers, producing a certificate at the end.
Schools from across all corners of the UK and Ireland can have this experience at no cost, increasing access and sharing invaluable knowledge.
Dr Jennie Cockroft, Director of Nutrition at Phunky Foods, said:
“At PhunkyFoods we work with primary school children up and down the country every day, and I know how much kids have missed out on during this school year as a result of the pandemic.
“School trips are a really important part of learning, and it’s great to see that Nestlé is offering a series of virtual excursions for children across the UK & Ireland. As well as providing stimulus and stoking their sense of adventure, the platform gives kids the opportunity to learn more about where their food comes from and encourages interesting conversations about sustainability and biodiversity.”
Nestlé UK&I Director of Corporate Affairs, Cristina Macina, said:
“Climate change and the future of our planet is something that we are all passionate about and this is a great way to share some of those challenges, in a fun way, with our future generations.
“After the last eighteen months, we are delighted to be able to give children the chance to visit places they normally wouldn’t be able to. As a parent of a primary school aged child myself, I know that the interactivity of the platform makes it lots of fun, with games and quizzes throughout each learning episode. My son has really enjoyed visiting the wind farm, factory and in particular, the dairy farm. His favourite part was learning about how the calves are born on the farm and the farmer Rachel helps look after them when they’re young. I’d encourage any teacher or parent to take a look at the videos as it could be fun and interesting for them too.”
Developed in collaboration with partners, Community Wind Power and First Milk, the three online, educational school trips are for use in primary schools and will be available from the end of the summer term and beyond.
To access the virtual school trips, click here