23 Nov 15
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Hinkley Point C brings science to life for Somerset schoolchildren

Science will be coming to life for scores of Somerset schoolchildren when EDF Energy and Hinkley C bring the LabLive Science Show to the county once again. Hundreds of pupils from local schools have already snapped up their free tickets for next month’s event, which takes place at Millfield School on December 10.

The morning session has already sold out but free tickets are still available for year eight and nine students to take part in the afternoon session from 12.30pm to 14.30pm.

The event is sponsored by EDF Energy’s Inspire Programme and produced in association with The Times Cheltenham Science Festival. It promises to inspire and engage inquisitive young minds with experiments and hands-on fun, courtesy of two stellar scientists James Soper and Jamie Gallagher.

James will bring the physics curriculum to life on his unicycle while juggling and demonstrating the real attraction of forces! Meanwhile, Jamie will be looking at tiny tech and how it is changing our phones, food, sport and health.  Young scientists will get interactive and uncover a place where robots build themselves, metal becomes transparent and pencils become stronger than steel.

The free ‘LabLive’ shows have amazed over 11,500 Key Stage 3 pupils from around the UK with two hours of entertaining, inspiring and mind-expanding science since it started in 2011.

Nigel Cann, Hinkley C site construction director, said: “Hosting LabLive in Somerset is a great opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists.  This event fits in well with the activities we deliver through our EDF Energy outreach education programme championed by our staff volunteer STEM ambassadors.”

Sharron Pearson Cheltenham Festivals’ Education Manager, said: “We are excited about bringing The Times Cheltenham Science Festival to thousands of students across the UK by means of our annual touring shows. It is a great opportunity for young people to discover how science is applied outside the classroom with inspirational young scientists and researchers.”

LabLive brings all the fun of Cheltenham Science Festival to Somerset using Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) to inspire and engage inquisitive young minds. As well as enjoying science at its most spectacular, pupils will learn more about the benefits of studying these subjects at GCSE.  

Schools can apply for tickets directly from the Cheltenham Science Festival team through the online form at

Media are welcome to attend the event, which is being held on Thursday, December 10, from 10am-12noon and 12.30pm-14.30pm at Millfield School, providing they register in advance with Annelise Cowie in the EDF Energy press office on 01278 658391.  There will be an opportunity to interview the scientists and EDF Energy at the event.

For more information contact:

Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
01278 658391

Notes to editors

LabLive and EDF Energy
•    LabLive and EDF Energy delivered 10 shows around EDF Energy power stations in 2014
•    The science shows reached 3,137 pupils from 48 schools in 5 regions
•    Shows were designed and delivered by 5 leading communicators from a broad range of STEM backgrounds
•    Teachers cite the value of LabLive for their students as: meeting real scientists; learning about real-life science; and enriching and enhancing the curriculum
•    100% of teachers surveyed said they would bring students to LabLive again 

EDF Energy in the South West

In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.