10 Nov 15

Hundreds of schoolchildren set to enjoy science festival thanks to Sizewell B

Sizewell B will once again bring the LabLive Science Show to Suffolk.

Over 500 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 Leiston Film Theatre on Tuesday 8 December, from 10am-12noon and 1-3pm presented by Cheltenham Festivals in partnership with EDF Energy.

The event at Leiston Film Theatre 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.

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B Station Director said:  “Hosting LabLive in Suffolk is a great opportunity to inspire the next generation of scientists.  This event fits in well with the interactive workshops we hold at the Sizewell 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 Sizewell B visitor centre on 01728 653974 or sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com

Media are welcome to attend the event, which is being held on Tuesday 8 December, from 10am-12noon and 1-3pm in the Leiston Film Theatre, if they register in advance with Marjorie Barnes in the EDF Energy press office on 01728 653378.  There will be an opportunity to interview the scientists and EDF Energy at the event.

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 Sizewell B visitor centre

Sizewell B has welcomed over 11,000 people to the power station since it opened in December 2012.
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 01728 653974 or sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com.

EDF Energy in the East of England

In the East of England EDF Energy operates Sizewell B power station which employs 575 staff and 250 contracting partners. EDF Energy has completed Stage One consultation for Sizewell C which would be capable of supplying power to some 5 million homes and would employ 900 staff when operational.
As well as generating enough power to serve some 2.5million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to 270,000 customers in this region with over half 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, Morrisons and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust right here in the East of England. 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.