8 Dec 17
Dungeness B

Hundreds of Kent school children attend spectacular national science festival

Over 500 schoolchildren from across Kent were treated to a fun-filled national science festival hosted at the Marsh Academy in Romney Marsh last week.

In association with EDF Energy, the touring Cheltenham Science Festival team entertained and inspired inquisitive young minds from across the county with experiments and hands-on fun performed by science enthusiasts Jon Milton and Ginny Smith.

Ginny performed a ‘brain hackathon’ in which students explored how nerve cells send messages through the brain and body by creating a giant ‘neuron’ live on stage. Jon then gave an interactive session on the ‘wonderful world of robots,’ getting some of the students on stage to take part in fun experiments to learn how robots really work. 

Alyson Shaw from the Marsh Academy said: “We are delighted to welcome EDF Energy and the Cheltenham Science Festival team to the school again this year. Hopefully the performances have inspired some of the students to consider becoming a scientist or an engineer in the future.”

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

Sharron Pearson Cheltenham Festivals’ Education Manager, said: “We are excited about bringing the 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.”

Teacher Louise Barratt from Harvey Grammar School said: “The whole show was very entertaining and educational and I’m even planning to steal some of the ideas for the classroom!”

LabLive brings all the fun of Cheltenham Science Festival to Kent using STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) to inspire and engage young minds. As well as enjoying science at its most spectacular, pupils learn more about the benefits of studying these subjects at GCSE and beyond.

Alison Prentice, Visitor Centre Coordinator at EDF Energy’s Dungeness B power station, said: “At Dungeness we are we are committed to finding the engineers who will run the power station in the future and the Lablive events are a fantastic way to make STEM subjects interactive and fun.

As part of our STEM programme, we have also arranged for over 40 schools to visit the power station in the new year so that over 600 students get the opportunity to learn a bit more about the science behind nuclear power.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the Dungeness B’s school engagement programme or want to find out how to book a free tour around the power station, contact 01797 343728 or dungenessbtours@edf-energy.com

For more information contact:

Laurence Ollier
External Communications Manager - Generation (South East)
0781 3232 765

Notes to editors

Participating schools at the LabLive events:

Marsh Academy
Folkestone Academy
Folkestone Girls Grammar
Dover Christchurch Academy
Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey
Harvey Grammar
Rowans Alternative

The shows were also attended by Peter Coe, Mayor of New Romney

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers and businesses with electricity and gas.

It generates electricity with eight nuclear power stations, more than 30 wind farms, one gas and two coal power stations, as well as with combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C. This will provide low carbon electricity to meet 7% of UK demand. The project is already making a positive impact on the local and national economy, British industry, as well as boosting skills and education. EDF Energy also invests in a range of low carbon technologies including renewables and battery storage. It is applying research and development expertise to improve the performance of existing generation and developing the potential of new technologies.

The company provides gas and electricity for more than 5 million customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain and the largest supplier to British businesses. It offers innovative energy systems for commercial customers and digital innovation for customers at home. EDF Energy has also launched its own innovation accelerator, Blue Lab, which focuses on making customers’ lives easier.

The Better Plan is EDF Energy's framework for being a sustainable and responsible energy business and is an integral part of EDF's 2030 vision to be the efficient, responsible electricity company, and champion of low-carbon growth. The Better Plan is underpinned by comprehensive environmental and social programmes which have been recognised by a wide range of organisations.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK, the company employs around 13,000 people at locations across England and Scotland.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges visit: www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/