It’s pupil power at Co’path

Sylvie Fennell celebrates her team winning the hexbug race during the generation science visit to Cockburnspath Primary
Sylvie Fennell celebrates her team winning the hexbug race during the generation science visit to Cockburnspath Primary

Pupils from Cockburnspath Primary School were exploring ways to harness human energy and produce electricity when Power from the People visited their school last week.

The visit was part of Generation Science, a touring programme of science shows and workshops delivered by the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Donated by EDF Energy’s Torness Power Station, Power from the People is a brand new touring workshop designed to tie in with NVA’s Speed of Light project which will transform Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh through a series of night-time events during August.

The project is part of the Edinburgh International Festival and enables walkers and runners to activate equipment partially designed to harvest energy, animating the hillside with trails of patterned light.

Power from the People is an interactive workshop which investigates ways in which we can use human energy to produce electricity.

Pupils worked with dynamos, to help them understand how they make electricity and looked at ways in which they can generate real power from people.

Mr Ward, headteacher at Cockburnspath said: “We are delighted to welcome Generation Science to our school and hope the workshop has given our pupils a fun insight into how electricity is created and how different our lives would be without it.”

Torness Power Station’s community liaison officer Ashleigh Dickson added: “As Britain’s largest generator of low carbon electricity, we are really keen to educate children about how electricity is produced and the importance of saving energy when and where we can.

“Children are never too young to learn about energy issues and this show will introduce them to electricity in a lively and entertaining way.

“We hope the pupils enjoyed the show, which we hope not only brought science to life in the classroom, but inspired a future generation of scientists for Scotland.”

Joan Davidson, Generation Science Manager said: “This year, Generation Science celebrates its 21st year of, successfully touring science shows all over Scotland, engaging more than a million pupils through bringing science to life, and educating and exciting pupils by the true wonder and meaning of science.

“Our workshops and shows cover six different strands of the curriculum for excellence and are designed to make learning and teaching science not just simple and fun, but truly inspirational.”

Power from the People is one of 16 amazing shows and workshops provided by Generation Science which are designed to make science fun, exciting and easy to understand and to help teachers cover the school science curriculum.

The Generation Science tour reaches over 55,000 primary school children and over 600 schools in 31 Local Authority areas annually, it is the largest school science touring programme in the UK and has activities for all ages, from infant classes right up to upper primary.