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EDF Energy - Schools Engineering Challenge

Schools Engineering Challenge 2011 - generating electricity and interest in Scottish schools

  • EDF Energy owns and operates two nuclear power stations Hunterston B and Torness which generate enough power to provide over 42% of Scotland's entire electricity. Between them they employ over 1,100 people as well as at least 300 permanent contractors.
  • In order to encourage local children to think about the environment and how electricity is generated, EDF Energy's Torness power station and Babcock International Group supported the Schools Engineering Challenge 2011.
  • Teams of children from six schools in East Lothian and the Borders competed to see which team could generate the most electricity.
  • EDF Energy staff at Torness acted as mentors providing guidance and assistance to the children, who spent ten weeks building a hydro-unit that could generate electricity and light.

Selvin Roberts, EDF Energy Technical and Safety Manager at Torness, said: "The engineering challenge was a fantastic way to teach young children how different forms of energy are sourced and generated, and encouraged them to look at the environment in which they live, in a different way. We were delighted to have supported this year's challenge and have enjoyed regular contact with the schools as the children work their way through the tasks."

 

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