Hundreds of Suffolk and Norfolk school children to attend free national science festival
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Over 400 schoolchildren from Suffolk and Norfolk are being treated to a national science festival next week thanks to EDF Energy.
The Cheltenham Science Festival arrives at the Saint Felix School in Southwold on Thursday 30 November and promises to inspire and engage inquisitive young minds with experiments and hands-on fun, courtesy of science enthusiasts Jon Milton and Ginny Smith.
Jon will be giving an interactive session on the wonderful world of robots, getting the students on stage to take part in fun experiments and looking at how robots work. Jon is a science communicator who previously worked as part of a science comedy act Punk Science for the Science Museum and has written books and appeared on numerous TV shows promoting interest in STEM.
Meanwhile, Ginny will be running a brain hackathon! Students will explore how nerve cells send messages through the brain and body as they create a giant ‘neuron’ live on stage!
Niki Rousseau, Community Liaison based at EDF Energy’s Sizewell B power station, said: “We are delighted to fund this brilliant science festival and hope to inspire hundreds of Suffolk and Norfolk school children. The Lablive events are a fantastic way to make science interactive and fun.”
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.”
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.
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/