THE trip of a lifetime.
That’s what these students thought of their fantastic visit to London which was their prize for jointly winning a competition run by EDF Energy and children’s charity The Transformation Trust.
The contest was called The Big Energy Project and saw teams of Key Stage 3 students from 16 schools across the country run their own energy efficiency campaigns over a six-week period.
Each campaign was submitted to a panel of judges.
Entries were assessed against criteria such as environmental impact, creativity and measurable changes in behaviour.
A team of Year Nine students from Dyke House School in Hartlepool devised a project called Does IT make a difference?.
It persuaded people to switch off lights and electrical equipment when not in use. It was selected as the joint-winning entry alongside a campaign submitted by South Shields Community School.
The prize was an all-expenses-paid educational trip to London which lasted for two days.
The students London experience began began with a visit to EDF Energy’s offices where the pupils presented their winning campaign to the judging panel.
They were then introduced to Will McLennan, who has recently completed EDF Energy’s graduate scheme and gave a talk to the pupils regarding career opportunities in the energy sector.
Then it was on to the Royal Institution’s L’Oreal Young Scientist Centre, where they took part in a Motors and Magnets workshop, learning how to build mini wind turbines.
As part of their prize, the pupils were also treated to tickets to watch the West End musical, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, as well as a trip on the EDF Energy London Eye.
Chris Hall, head of science at Dyke House School, said: “This has been an amazing prize and I am very proud of the work that our pupils have produced as a result of taking part in the Big Energy Project.”
Sally Cottrell, EDF Energy’s community investment manager, said: “We developed The Big Energy Project with The Transformation Trust as part of EDF Energy’s ongoing commitment to encourage young people to make a measurable difference in their community in regards to energy efficiency, and we’ve been very impressed with the results.”