Pupils push energy saving at Heysham
PUPILS from Heysham High School have amazed staff at Heysham power stations with their energy saving tips, advice and websites.
Four groups from year 7 took part in EDF Energy’s Big Energy project which encouraged pupils to look at ways to encourage people to use power wisely and so cut their energy bills.
Each of the groups worked with a member of the Heysham 1 power station team, Richard Hawksby, Mike Gee, Ryan Surridge and Kirstie Dewhurst, to work up a final presentation ready to give to a larger audience at the stations’ Visitor Centre.
The groups were also encouraged to work on innovative energy-saving ideas and then invited to present their ideas at the stations by Visitor Centre co-ordinator Donna Diamond, who arranged the event.
Karen Cooper, science teacher with the year 7 group, said: “Being able to work with people from the station was a fantastic opportunity.
“During the project they have worked really hard and learned presentation and creativity skills. They have also seen how science is being used everyday at the power station.”
Richard Bradfield, plant manager at Heysham 1 power station, was part of the judging panel for the teams’ presentations.
He said: “To choose a winner was a very difficult decision, we were blown away by the standard of the work as well as the presentations from each of the groups.
“It was a massive honour for us to be able to welcome the pupils to the Visitor Centre and then for them to see what we do at the power stations. Hopefully one or two will want to come and work with us in the future.”
After the presentations the teams were treated to lunch at the Visitor Centre and then given a tour of Heysham 2 power station.
The four groups, ‘Heater Beaters’, ‘Badge Mania’, ‘Super Savers’ and ‘Watts It All About’, developed websites, surveyed the public for their views on power savings and also encouraged pupils and teachers at Heysham High to switch off power.
Lucy Greenham, 12, of Heater Beaters, said: “We made a jingle for the radio to encourage people to switch-off, made posters and handed out leaflets to people at places like Salt Ayre.
“It has been a really good experience and we have learned a lot about energy saving as well as how to wok as a team.”
The Heater Beaters will now go on to the national finals representing Heysham High School, and if they win that stage they will win a trip to London.
Heater Beaters: Amy Holleley, Piper Mayor, Jess Belmont, Paris Cooke-Davies, Abbie Holmes, Amy Gordon, Lottie Peacock, Lucy Greenham, Charlotte Grattan, Jade Holmes and Izzi Wright; with Heysham 1 power stations’ Richard Hawksby who worked with the team on the Big Energy Challenge.