Card games in class to teach students about energy

Published on Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Endesa Educa, Endesa’s educational programme designed to introduce students into the world of electricity and which promotes the efficient and rational use of energy, has started the new term with even more activities on offer, which can be downloaded from the website, and can therefore be carried out from anywhere, simply with access to a computer and internet.

Innovation in this term's course is twofold: firstly it includes what is known as gamification, the use of games as an educational tool and secondly, it includes subjects related to the smart cities of the future, for primary education students.

Gamification, or the use of game design elements and rules in learning and instruction, is a method that is increasingly present in classrooms. Endesa Educa has decided to apply the concept this term to secondary school students, who will have the chance to play card games while learning about energy.

The aim of the game is for participants to arrange their cards in such a way that they gain a better understanding of how electricity is generated. The difficulty lies in recognising the order of the generation processes in the different renewable and non-renewable plants and avoiding negative action cards thrown in by opponents in an attempt to beat them to it.

Apart from the novelty of including games as an educational tool, the fact that these activities are available on the website means they are open to anyone interested in these subjects, not only students.

For younger participants, apart from the videos available via the website describing smart cities, a number of activities have been designed for primary school students to understand what the cities of the future will be like, in a manner adapted to their level.

It covers a whole host of subjects: including how to manufacture a car with recycled materials, design a house with a green roof for greater insulation, an abacus for learning to count units as the electric meter does, or even a study on how to improve electricity consumption in the school. Very soon a small guide will be available for download which will include explanations for teachers so they can offer their students full information and encourage them to discover all the latest innovations with regard to smart cities.

Endesa Educa: Energy education

48,986 people took part in the programme during the 2014-2015 term, which included students and other visitors and 1,899 activities were carried out in 657 educational centres. Approximately 245,000 participants have benefited from the Endesa Educa courses over the last eight years, when the initiative began.

Through Endesa Educa, Endesa works towards providing a greater understanding of energy through education, offering all centres, resources and educational activities free of charge. The aim is to raise awareness about the value of energy in order to understand the need for more efficient consumption.

The Endesa Educa programme forms part of a wide range of teaching initiatives under the international programme, PlayEnergy developed by the Enel Group 10 years ago with the collaboration of a large number of schools in the countries in which it is present. 

The PlayEnergy initiatives offer schools the tools to embark upon a unique scientific journey in an entertaining way. Students and teachers can access, on and offline, workshops, educational material, lessons and science and energy experiments, items of interest from around the world and activities to carry out in class.

All groups interested in taking part in any activity can make their reservation by calling 902.50.00.49 or sending an email to