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20th January 2016
Around 200 of West Cumbria’s brightest sparks lit up an inspiring launch event to learn about electricity generation - and how it can be a part of their future.
NuGen, the company developing plans for Europe’s largest new nuclear power station at Moorside, launched its Bright Sparks educational initiative at a schools’ conference held at Energus yesterday
(click here to view a video introducing Bright Sparks).
The year 9 and 10 students from three schools close to the Moorside site attended the event to discover how electricity is made, how it’s used - and to explore the opportunities for a career in the electricity generation industry. Bright Sparks is a three-year-long programme which includes access to educational resources, visits to power stations, mentoring and culminating in an end-of-year schools’ energy conference.
Tom Samson, NuGen CEO, said: “The Moorside Project is a 100-year commitment to the region and NuGen’s Bright Sparks is at the start of it, helping today’s students understand the issues and opportunities surrounding low-carbon electricity production.
“It’s not just about careers, although we will want to employ as many local people as possible on the project. It’s about helping people understand how we make electricity, the challenges of climate change, how we use electricity and the importance of low-carbon technology in providing electricity now and in the future.”
Science presenter Ross Exton, joined the Bright Sparks team to perform a series of engaging experiments and tell the odd gruesome story which brought the science of electricity generation to life for the audience.