Dyke House pupils learn about a green future with help of local firms

Dyke House Sports and Tecnology Colege pupils (left to right) Chloe Boddy, Niall Faulkner, Ethan Hay and Ben Cheesebrough with Gareth Ellery (cathie associates) (left) and Paul Bennett (edf energy)
Dyke House Sports and Tecnology Colege pupils (left to right) Chloe Boddy, Niall Faulkner, Ethan Hay and Ben Cheesebrough with Gareth Ellery (cathie associates) (left) and Paul Bennett (edf energy)

STUDENTS from Hartlepool enjoyed a green day at school.

The pupils from Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Mapleton Road, Hartlepool, were treated to a STEM event, which promotes careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Representatives from energy companies attended the school and gave talks to 200 youngsters, aged around 15-years-old, about the future of green energy, including off-shore wind farms, and the potential for jobs when they leave school.

The kids were then given the fun task of building a tower for a wind turbine out of paper and sticky tape.

Susan Sheldrick, careers manager at Dyke House, said: “The event was to promote jobs and focus on the off-shore wind industry and the sort of jobs that might become available over the next few years off the North-East coast.

“The idea is that by the time school age children now, are old enough to enter the work force, it might be the time the energy companies are recruiting for the off-shore wind farms.

“The event was open to girls and boys all aged around 15-years-old and we had a variety of companies come along in support.”

The firms which turned up on the day included EDF Energy, Hartlepool College of Further Education, representatives of Hartlepool Borough Council, TATA Steel, Cathie Associates and University of Teesside windfarm graduates.

Mrs Sheldrick added: “In the morning they had to put together a proposal for a wind farm so we sent them off working in groups of five and they all had to pick a role, including a PR person, an accountant and a designer.

“They then went off to learn about the roles before putting together their proposals.

“Then they had to build a tower that they could rest a wind turbine on, and they had to build it to a certain specification, out of paper and sticky tape.

“They learned a lot about team work and working with each other, so we put non-friendship groups together.

“We were very proud of them planning things together and thinking outside the box.”