A school in Northumberland got to see the recently constructed Kiln Pit Hill Wind Farm up close this week as part of their education programme on renewable energy.
Eight pupils from Corbridge Middle School were selected to visit the wind farm after winning a competition during a recent environment workshop organised by RWE npower renewables and its education provider, Rowanbank.
The visit offered the children a greater understanding of sustainability and renewable energy with representatives from RWE npower renewables giving interactive presentations about the wind farm and answering the pupils questions.
Hugh Beattie, Science Leader from Corbridge Middle School said: “The visit has been a fantastic hands-on learning experience. It was great to get on site with RWE npower renewables to give pupils a better understanding back in the classroom. Visits like this really bring the learning to life. The children and accompanying adults learnt so much about its relevance to our future energy needs.
“The staff gave very good responses to the pupils’ questions and they were able to give some advice on how pupils could access career opportunities in this industry.”
Phil Watson, RWE npower renewables Project Manager said: “We work hard to get involved with local communities at a grassroots’ level. As responsible developers, we strive to be good neighbours wherever we are operating and developing wind farms.”
“This visit has given the pupils an insight into renewable energy and helped to answer their questions about wind farms. It was great to see the children excited about the technology and to be able to encourage the skills and knowledge we will need future generations to have, to look after our planet.”
RWE npower renewables have created a host of educational resources which are available for teachers to download for free from their website. The resources, which are based around key stage learning, concentrate on the core topics of sustainability and renewable energy and also look at the challenges faced in dealing with pollution, climate change and the use of finite resources.
Katy Woodington, Senior Community Investment Officer, at RWE npower renewables explained: “We are passionate about renewable energy and want to share this passion with young people, helping them to understand more about the different technologies, how they work, and why we need them”.
If you would like to know more about the education materials on offer, visit the website at: www.npower-renewables.com/educationresources
RWE npower renewables is one of the largest developers and operators of renewable energy projects in the UK. It operates nine onshore wind farms in England and two hydro sites.
Rebecca Rigney, PR Officer, RWE npower renewables
T 0191 350 4239
Rebecca Somers, PR Manager, RWE npower renewables
T 01793 474276