13 Dec 13

Bangs, brains and bears

HYDROGEN explosions and dancing bears kept an audience of more than 600 pupils on the edge of their seats as science took centre stage at The Dukes, Lancaster.

Two performers Ginny Smith and Jamie Gallagher took pupils from eight of the area’s secondary schools through some scintillating science and charismatic chemistry as part of event supported by Heysham Power Stations.

Bill Liu, maintenance manager, at Heysham 2 power station, opened the morning event and Paul James, the Work Management Manager at Heysham 1, opened the afternoon performances.

“The performers were superb and really engaged the audience with some very interesting thoughts on energy and the brain.

“The idea behind the event was to show pupils how science is behind all that we do. Jamie showed the pupils the different sources of energy from sweets to hydrogen, and Ginny thrilled the audience by delving deep into the brain.

“I hope that those at the show will be inspired and see that they too could have an exciting future using science, technology or maths skills.”

Eight schools attended the event: Heysham High, Morecambe High, Carnforth High, Our Lady’s, Lancaster Girls Grammar School, Ripley St Thomas, Central Lancaster High and Garstang Academy.

The show was part of an outreach programme run by Cheltenham Science Festival, which is sponsored by EDF Energy, operator of Heysham power stations.

Rebecca Warren, schools liaison officer for the festivals, said: “"We were delighted with the success of the first 'What?Why?How? at Christmas' in Lancaster.

“Our partnership with EDF Energy goes from strength to strength and we look forward to developing more science, technology, engineering and maths activities for pupils across the country.

“Cheltenham Science Festival is all about engaging and inspiring inquisitive young minds and we were thrilled to bring the fun of the Science Festival to Lancaster."

The Dukes director, Joe Sumsion said: “The Dukes was delighted to work with EDF Energy in this way for the second consecutive year.

“Thanks to the science event and two performances of our own production of ‘A Christmas Carol’ there was a great atmosphere and we welcomed around 1,000 young people into the building in one day.”