18 Mar 15

Sizewell B celebrates British Science Week with Suffolk schools

Sizewell B is supporting British Science Week (BSW) with dozens of visits from Suffolk school children.

Today Year 4 pupils from Grundisburgh Primary School are enjoying a day out at the power station visitor centre learning about electricity generation. The class of 8-9 year olds are building electrical circuits, looking at magnetic forces and the power behind friction as part of the jam-packed energy focused day.

Mrs Mason, Year 4 teacher at Grundisburgh Primary School said: "Todays visit to Sizewell B complements the childrens studies on electricity. They have all seen the Sizewell B dome and now they get to learn about what goes on inside."

On Tuesday a group of A-Level students were brought for a behind the scenes look at how Sizewell B generates power for 3% of the UKs homes. The visit was organised with The William and Ellen Vinten Trust which works with five schools in the Bury St Edmunds area to promote engineering.

Ian Devlin, Design and Technology Teacher at Culford School in Bury St Edmunds said: “Visiting Sizewell B gives our students the chance to experience science in a real life setting. In the classroom we can talk to the students and watch videos but visits such as this one add colour and bring a new dimension to studying science.”

16-year old Edward Aylott and classmate Kieran D’Lima (17) from Culford School took part in the tour of the power station.

Edward is studying maths, physics, history and art and said that the visit will really help him decide his next steps in further education. “I am not sure which path I want to take after I finish my A-Levels so the visit to Sizewell B really helps me make up my mind about what I want to do next.” Kieran is studying chemistry, maths, physics and design technology and described the visit as “Brilliant.”

Jim Crawford, Sizewell B Station Director said: “We want to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers so visits such as this are vitally important. Our visitor centre guides at the station have given the students a behind the scenes look at how we use science to deliver low carbon power to over 2million people.”

The Sizewell B visitor centre guides are also taking their energy tour on the road. The team dropped in at Aldeburgh primary school science fayre on Monday where they took part in experiments created by the year 5 and 6 pupils and will be at County Upper School’s science fayre on Friday and Saturday.

Visits can be made to Sizewell B by contacting sizewellbtours@edf-energy.com or calling 01728 653974.

About British Science Week

British Science Week is a ten day celebration of the best of British science, technology, engineering and maths - featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events across the UK. To plan, register or attend an event, visit: www.britishscienceweek.org British Science Week is organised by the British Science Association; funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; and supports the Your Life campaign (www.yourlife.org.uk).   BSW 2015 takes place from 13 - 22 March 2015.

The William and Ellen Vinten Trust

The William and Ellen Vinten Trust has several aims but its principal activity is to pursue initiatives which increase the interest of school and college students in the Bury St Edmunds area in science and technology subjects. The goal is to increase the numbers of students who might consider careers in the engineering disciplines and to improve their levels of attainment.

About Sizewell B

Sizewell B started generating electricity in 1995. The Sizewell B nuclear reactor is the UK's only large pressurised water reactor (PWR). The current decommissioning date is 2035 but this could be extended by 20 years.

The station is well known for its iconic dome which is 1.25 times larger than St Paul’s Cathedral. The concrete walls of the dome are a metre thick and contain reinforcement bars which if placed end to end would stretch to New York and back again.

Sizewell B has two turbines which each generate power for over 1million homes and businesses. Over 3.4million litres of sea water a minute is used to cool the equipment in the turbine hall before it is returned to sea. 

The Pod

Launched in September 2008, the Pod sits at the heart of EDF Energy’s programme for greener schools. It was developed to help EDF Energy meet its Sustainability Commitment of engaging with 2.5 million children by 2012 in learning about the sustainable use of energy. The Pod now has some 18,000 registered schools and community groups, and seeks to engage young people on energy, science and sustainability. It aims to make real and measurable difference to the energy usage and carbon output of schools across the UK and to provide practical support, activities and materials for teachers.

www.jointhepod.org is an interactive website for teachers providing free lesson plans, activities, games and information all with cross curricular links. The content is currently aimed at key stages 1, 2 and 3. The ethos of the Pod is ‘Share your ideas and inspire each other’, which is why the site also encourages pupils and teachers to blog about their activities and to post photos and videos to showcase their green projects.