Bitesize pieces of training safety

Thousands of children across the UK are learning about buoyancy and fire safety in two educational films involving a leading industrial trainer.

Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 7:15 am
Youngsters from Westgate Hill Primary filming BBC Bitesize science films at AIS.

The films will feature on BBC Bitesize – an online portal used by teachers across the UK – and feature AIS’s state-of-the-art training village in North Shields.

Youngsters from Year 6 at Westgate Hill Primary School were enlisted to help showcase how infra-red technology and buoyancy works in a real-life setting.

The children were shown how to extinguish fires safely, as well as how to escape from a smoke-filled environment, find someone using heat-seeking equipment and learnt about buoyancy in AIS’s offshore survival pool.

Paul Bader, creative director of Screenhouse Productions said: “To bring science to life, you need to create entertaining and engaging content which captures the imagination of young people.”

“For our latest BBC Bitesize science series, we wanted to show science in an interesting real-world setting. AIS’s superb staff and facilities made this possible.

“We were able to come up with innovative challenges and storylines that let children explore science in an exciting way.

“We really couldn’t have made these films without AIS and the children from Westgate Hill Primary and we want to thank them for all of their help.”

Elizabeth Binks, head of school at Westgate Hill Primary School, said: “Our children have been truly fortunate to be part of this project.

“Making learning real is so important in engaging and stimulating them, as they begin to explore the opportunities of the world of work, and their potential contribution to it.”

Charlie Guthrie, marketing manager at AIS, said: “It was great to welcome Screenhouse Productions to AIS and to be part of such an important project.

“We hope that these films will help young people understand science better and hopefully encourage them into science and engineering-based careers – something that’s much-needed in the UK.”

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