24 Nov 14

Hundreds of Kent schoolchildren set to enjoy science festival thanks to Dungeness B

Dungeness B will once again bring the LabLive Science Show to Kent.

Hundreds of free tickets are available for local schools keen to bring science to life for their students.

The Year 8 and 9 students will be treated to a spectacular science event at the Marsh Academy, New Romney, on Wednesday 9 December, from 10am-12noon and 12:30 – 2:30pm presented by Cheltenham Festivals in partnership with EDF Energy.

The event at the Marsh Academy 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 whilst 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.

Martin Pearson, Dungeness B Station Director said:  “Hosting LabLive in Kent is a great opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists.  This event fits in well with the interactive workshops we hold at the Dungeness B visitor centre and through our outreach education programme championed by our company 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 Suffolk 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 via the Dungeness B visitor centre on 01797 343728 or dungenessbtours@edf-energy.com

Media are welcome to attend the event, which is being held on Wednesday 9 December, from 10am-12noon and 12:30 -2:30pm at the Marsh Academy, if they register in advance with Juliette Sanders in the EDF Energy press office on 07875112599.  There will be an opportunity to interview the scientists and EDF Energy at the event. 

For more information contact:

Juliette Sanders
External Communications Manager - Generation
07875 112599

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

The Dungeness B visitor centre

Dungeness B has welcomed over 14,500 people to the power station since it opened in February 2013.

The Visitor Centre will normally be open Monday-Friday from 9-4pm. The majority of the tours will be organised for schools and educational groups. However, members of the public will also be able to attend by appointment.

Visitors will be given an introductory talk about how the station operates, before being given a guided tour through selected parts of the plant. To find out more and to enquire about booking a visit, contact 01797 343728 or dungenessbtours@edf-energy.com.

EDF Energy in the South East

In the South East EDF Energy operates Dungeness B power station which employs over 500 staff and 200 contracting partners.

EDF Energy employs a further 2,500 staff in East and West Sussex with approximately 800 across sites in Crawley, Three Bridges, and East Grinstead and 1,700 across two of our three UK based call centres in Hove and Worthing..

As well as generating enough power to serve some 1.5million homes in this region the company also provides gas and electricity to 730,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are 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 up some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for Tesco Stores Limited, Ministry of Defence and Morrisons right here in the South East.

Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.