West Burton B CCGT visitor centre celebrates turning one
During it's first year, the centre has welcomed more than 2,000 visitors through the doors; including local schools, scout and community groups and residents who have also enjoyed a tour of the power station. The centre has a mix of educational activities and exhibits about electricity generation, along with information on careers and sustainability. A classroom and simulator room also help to enhance the visitor experience.
The children aged between nine and eleven were given an interactive presentation about energy and the stations, with lots of questions asked and answered. This included an introduction to beekeeping and pictures of the bee hives that have been recently introduced to their new home at the station. The children were invited to taste the honey from the bees and a full jar was gifted to the head teacher who promised the children some toast and honey during the last week of term.
After lunch, the school children were set four challenges to complete in an hour with turbine generation, electronic kits, an EDF Energy jigsaw and a chance to invent a new creation. A Zingy (EDF Energy's orange mascot) cake was cut, and a prize giving by Operations Manager Christian Fletcher completed the day, with everyone at the birthday party leaving with a goody bag to take home.
Christian commented: “It was wonderful to mark the first year of the visitor centre and it’s a facility that we are very proud of. The local school children were full of fun and creativity and we hope they enjoyed the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) structure that we applied to the day. They are the future workforce so it’s our job to inspire them to make good future educational decisions.”