Lighting on demand in public and outdoor sports areas
Hosted by OSOS, contributed by Deusto LearningLab on 30/01/2018

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How can we upgrade the lighting equipment of the School surroundings?

In many towns and cities, lighting systems have not been updated over the last few decades; on the other side, technological improvements have been huge. In this activity, we propose to create or improve a lighting system in the school milieu with the aim of improving energy efficiency, while teaching the importance of optimising society's electricity consumption (with all the consequences this implies) and making a greater use of public resources.

Lighting sports areaThe first question we can ask our students is if there is any place in the school environment where the use of lighting systems can be optimised. For example, a sports field or a public park. If the answer is yes, we can ask them to work as a team to try to propose a system that improves the environment.

This activity proposes to interact with different stakeholders, such as the Local Government (specifically, with the department in charge of the management of public places, or energy) with whom our students can discuss about the lighting systems or about the level of improvement, or with experts (professionals, university departments) in lighting systems (to know the latest technologies available in lighting) or technological companies (to know which technology can be used to create a system like this one).

Once the problem of the activity has been raised (How can we improve the lighting of public spaces in the school environment?), we propose to start with a gathering information phase (via the Internet or by consulting experts such as those mentioned above) and, after that, a work phase to propose solutions. In the best scenario, in a classroom there will be as many different solutions as number of workgroups.

Finally, we propose to present the conclusions achieved both to families and neighbours of the school surroundings and to the Public Administration, inviting them to implement them in a real scenario.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to create a class project which can develop a solution to a real problem.
  • Be informed about the different options that can give a solution to a real problem, and know how to choose the most appropriate for us.
  • Improve the society around us.
  • Raise awareness of the correct use of electricity and the need to optimize energy consumption.

RRI principles

One of the key aspects of OSOS is the inclusion of RRI — Responsible Research and Innovation — principles (more information at This is how this Accelerator fits into the RRI model:


Students could share information and results with stakeholders, establishing a lasting, two-way relationship with the aim of ensuring better project results.

I.e.: students will exchange information with stakeholders in their community at various stages, and debate with them on how to proceed in the project.

Public Engagement

Stakeholders from public bodies will be involved in each of the phases of the project, in a partnership with students who can get feedback from them during different stages of the activity to find innovative solutions.

I.e.: local government will evaluate the progress made by students; local experts could give feedback to the students throughout the project.

Gender equality

Students will be able to contact female stakeholders with a scientific career during the project.

I.e.: experts involved could be both men and women, in order to show the female perspective of the scientific profession. Female models in science will be a reference for students.

Science Education

Science will be used in this activity to improve a public space, and therefore their community. This can help students become better citizens with the help of science.

I.e.: science is addressed by students who study the types of lights, compare their differences and measure the number of elements needed to improve the environment, according to the area, location and its specifications.


Students will share responsibility while moving forward with the project, in compliance with the research integrity and the social values of Science.

I.e.: students will be responsible for installing or improving the lighting installation of a public space through a scientific process, so that residents will benefit directly from the impact of the project. They should reflect on the environmental and societal impact of their project.

Open Access

All materials should be shared open and free on the Internet, so that they can be re-used by other people interested in the topic

I.e.: students can develop their own blog for the project, where they can share their resources, materials and progress publicly open and free.

Resources needed

Nothing special. Computer to search things, paper, pens, etc.

Other suggestions

  • The more diverse the spaces with which one works in this activity, the richer the results will be.
  • We think that it is important for students to be able to carry out real projects, and for example it would be ideal if the public administration could study them for implementation in the real environment.
City lights / OSRAM
It is recommended for each School to adapt and edit this activity to the needs of each milieu, as well as the needs of the different stakeholders.

Organization in charge of this Accelerator

This Accelerator has been developed by Maria José Vicente Neira, from Enogés Consultores. Here is her contact information:

Enogés ConsultoresMaría José Vicente Neira -

Enogés Consultores S.L.

Pase de Belén, 9ª, CTTA, 47011, Valladolid - Spain

enogés consultores valladolid

Keywords: Lighting, Technology, Upgrade, Public spaces, Amenities, Computing, Energy
Learning Objectives: Develop a real solution for a problem, Select from different options, Improve the society, Raise awareness of the electricity consumption
Rating: -/5
Views: 4484
Languages: English, Spanish
Students age group: 9 - 12, 12 - 15, 15 - 18
Subject domain: Science, ICT, Engineering, Technology
# of students participating: 0
Updated on: 02.12.2019


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