We all need energy, but the way we produce, transport and use energy is constantly changing. With educational programme Energy City primary school children discover exactly what is changing, and how. DST produced Energy City for Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN).

Online and hands-on

Energy City comprises of an online presentation and an interactive quiz for the whole class. After these, children are asked to play their roles in a practical group roleplay. This allows them to use current affairs to make fictional city Energy City more sustainable for the future.

About insight

Energy City aims to provide pupils with insight in complex issues within the energy sector, particularly in transitioning to sustainable and renewable energy sources. There’s no such thing as a single solution. Energy demand has its challenges, and energy supply has its pros and cons. Roleplay teaches children that a sustainable society is only attainable when everybody contributes.

For and with schools

Energy City was developed together with teachers and students. Educational materials can be ordered free of charge, or downloaded. The official launch of the programme was at the Generation Discover festival in The Hague, in the Fall of 2018. DST together with Beewan organised this official kick-off.

Henri Willig Cheese

Henri Willig produces tasty organic cheese. Visitors learn how that’s done in his cheese farms, among the animals and cheesemakers. These attract busloads of visitors. To help Henri Willig’s stories get the airtime they deserve, we developed a guided tour in Katwoude. This is all about grass, cows and cheese.

In the Fall of 2017 Henri Willig opened his new stables for his herd of Jersey cows, at his organic farm in Katwoude. Our self-guided tour is part of this state-of-the-art farm complex, which promotes animal welfare in all its aspects. It allows visitors – young and old – to discover the special bond Henri Willig has with his animals and his cheese. We managed concept, design and realisation in a record time before the official opening.


Perpetual Plastic Project

Major themes such as the circular economy, sustainability and technical innovation play an increasing role in the Dutch educational system. They are however quite abstract for many students. Both teachers and students require relevant and imaginative, interactive and concrete educational materials. The Perpetual Plastic Project fulfils that need, and raises awareness of plastic waste among consumers and students.

Perpetual Plastic has been touring Europe for years with its homemade eye-catching recycling machines. These 3D-printers recycle plastic waste on the spot, such as drinks cups, and repurpose it as e.g. hipster jewellery. In this way visitors learn how to take a different approach to plastic waste and get acquainted with new 3D-printing techniques.

Schools are an important target group for Perpetual Plastic. Together with Perpetual Plastic, Better Future Factory and CityLab010 DST developed an interactive educational programme that raises awareness of plastic waste issues among Rotterdam school children. Using the Perpetual Plastic recycling machines and tailor-made classes, primary school students experience the recycling process themselves in their classrooms. The programme for groups 7 and 8 is a local Rotterdam pilot that forms the basis for a later nationwide programme.