School children in Northumberland are top of the class in green energy after teaming up with one of the country’s leading renewables company for an environmental workshop.
RWE npower renewables, working jointly with its education provider Rowanbank hosted a mini renewables road show, visiting Corbridge Middle School in the Northumberland area. The events are aimed at educating young people about climate change, renewable energy and energy efficiency.
It follows successful workshops in June this year where pupils at the two* schools learnt about a variety of renewable technologies with mini wind turbines, a solar hotbox and a hydro electric model as they took part in lots of games and experiments.
Hugh Beattie, Science Teacher from Corbridge Middle School said: ”A very informative and engaging opportunity to learn about renewable energy and why it is the future. It also gave the pupils food for thought and everyone could give at least one example of how they could save energy. I would highly recommend this workshop, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all.”
Katy Woodington, RWE npower renewables UK Community Investment Manager said: “The aim of this event was to promote pupils understanding of climate change and renewable energy in a fun and interactive way.”
“We are keen to offer children an insight into the workings of sustainable energy. The workshop gets them to think about climate change and how it is affecting the environment, as well as investigating the power of the wind, water and sun as renewable energy sources.”
To compliment the workshops, RWE npower renewables has a host of online education materials for teachers to take into the classroom. The materials are curriculum linked and are available from the company’s website free of charge.
Katy explains: ”The educational materials aim to support young people to learn and teachers to deliver the curriculum, in the areas of renewable energy, climate change and what everyone can do to help. The materials include fact sheets and teachers activity packs which suggest a range of hands on, fun and exciting activities to use with young people to really make renewable energy come to life in a fun and easy to understand way.”
As part of the workshop, pupils learnt about the recently constructed Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm. Once fully operational - expected to be by the end of 2012, will generate enough electricity to power the annual needs of 6,400 homes(1).
*The two schools visited were Whittonstall Primary School and Shotley Bridge Primary School.
More information about the Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm can be found at www.npower-renewables.com/kilnpithill
The education pack can be downloaded at: www.npower-renewables.com/educationresources
Rebecca Rigney, PR Officer, RWE npower renewables
T 0191 350 4239
Rebecca Somers, PR Manager, RWE npower renewables
T 01793 474276
(1) The energy predicted to be generated by the proposal is derived using wind speeds monitored in the local area and applying trends from npower renewables’ existing wind farm portfolio located across the UK. This enables calculation to be made to estimate the average annual energy production based on 6 turbines each of rated capacity 2.3MW. The energy capture predicted and hence derived homes equivalent or emissions savings figures may change as further information is gathered.
Equivalent homes supplied is based on an annual electricity consumption per home of 4700 kWh. This figure is supported by recent domestic electricity consumption data available from the Digest of UK Energy Statistics and household estimates and projections from UK statistics Authority.