Bright Sparks Schools’ Energy Conference

A group of St Benedict’s Year 9 students have last week taken part in the Bright Sparks Schools’ Energy Conference at Energus, coming home with numerous awards.

The students, who were split into six teams, have been working on a special project for the last few months, and presented this at the conference. They have had a mentor working them & have developed their projects about low carbon energy.

One of the St Benedict’s groups won Best Overall Team for their Energy Project. This team will be sponsored by NuGEN to take their project to the Big Bang Fair and have each won £25 amazon vouchers.

Teams also won: Most Innovative Project, Best Researched and Best Presented Project, as well as winning the final Energy Quiz.

The school was awarded £1000 from NuGen for taking part, which will go towards STEM initiatives for the students.

Mrs Kelso, Assistant Headteacher and Subject Leader for Science attended the event and comments:

“It was an absolute pleasure to see the students giving their presentations at the conference. They have worked hard and developed so many new skills over the last few months. We had a fantastic day at the conference.”

The students have also taken part in other activities including visits to Heysham Power Station, a Wind Farm Workshop and a final session looking at VR Technology.

Bright Sparks is an award-winning education and engagement programme that NuGen conducts with secondary schools near to the Moorside Site. The programme focuses on STEM subjects and provides an exciting range of learning activities and experiences for students.

The programme also aims to introduce students to the diversity of career paths, in STEM generally and electricity production more specifically.


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