24 Mar 15

Saxmundham Free School brings energy to science lessons

Over 130 pupils from Saxmundham Free School are learning about electricity at EDF Energy's Sizewell B power station this week.

The visits have been organised by STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) Ambassadors from the power station who work with the local school. The visit complements their classroom curriculum studies on electricity generation.

The Year 7 and 8 pupils will be shown around the Sizewell B exhibition centre where they can generate power for themselves and then taken on a tour of the power station to learn about where their electricity comes from.

On the tour of the power station the pupils will get to look around the impressive turbine hall where power for over 2million homes and businesses is generated.

Zak Wiseman, a pupil from Saxmundham Free School said: “I am most looking forward to seeing what the turbines look like in the power station.”

Sarah Marsden, Science teacher at Saxmundham Free School said: “The visit to Sizewell B will bring science to life for our pupils. It is good to show the girls in the class the breadth of STEM related jobs available to them as they often perceive them to be just for the boys.”

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B station director said: “At EDF Energy we welcome schools into our power stations. The feedback we receive from teachers is that the visits engage students in STEM and bring a new dimension to the subjects they study at school.”

EDF Energy and STEM

All EDF Energy power stations have STEM Ambassadors that go into schools to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. As part of EDF Energy’s leadership training, all graduates are trained as STEM Ambassadors and complete two STEM activities per year. EDF Energy wants to engage students in the STEM subjects and to provide information on the possible career paths that the industry has to offer.

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Marjorie Barnes
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07515 295488

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

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