Appliance of science for pupils

Children from Stephenson Memorial Primary School enjoying their visit to the Energy Academy in Wallsend, with their class teacher and school lead for science subjects Vicki Raynor, and Dave Dudman, section manager for Renewable Energy at Newcastle College and Energy Academy manager.

Children from Stephenson Memorial Primary School enjoying their visit to the Energy Academy in Wallsend, with their class teacher and school lead for science subjects Vicki Raynor, and Dave Dudman, section manager for Renewable Energy at Newcastle College and Energy Academy manager.

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YOUNGSTERS at a borough school took part in Science and Engineering Week.

The pupils from Stephenson Memorial Primary School in Wallsend visited Newcastle College’s Energy Academy as part of the week’s events.

The Year 4 children were given a tour of the academy and had the opportunity to explore how renewable energy works.

This was done through workshops including designing and building a wind powered machine to lift up a cup of pennies; designing, building and racing a wind powered car; and building a model wind turbine.

The workshops were created and developed especially for schools by the academy.

Vicki Raynor, class teacher and school lead for science subjects at Stephenson Memorial, said: “The aim of our visit was to create a passion for STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – and to inspire the children to pursue a career in the STEM field.

“We want to show the children the amazing opportunities that they have in their local area – and show them that they are achievable.”

The Energy Academy in Wallsend was launched in May last year and was developed in partnership with the Shepherd Offshore Group, along with support from a range of key employers in the region.

The unique 20,000sq ft facility focuses on training and development in offshore wind and renewable energies, training students for roles in management, project management, manufacturing, planning, operations and maintenance.

Dave Dudman, section manager for Renewable Energy at Newcastle College and the Energy Academy manager, said: “We place great importance on working with the community and getting schoolchildren involved and interested in the industry from an early age.

“We were delighted that the school could join us for Science and Engineering Week.”

Staff from Newcastle College were also been invited to join Stephenson Memorial Primary School’s science and engineering themed fair.