Learning how not to waste energy

Trip: St Bede's pupils tour BP CATS terminal.
Trip: St Bede's pupils tour BP CATS terminal.

SCHOOL children have been inspired to stop wasting energy after taking part in a science project.

The eight-strong team of 14-year-olds, from St Bede’s RC Comprehensive, in Peterlee, participated in the go4SET initiative at the BP CATS Terminal, at Seal Sands, near Billingham.

The pupils learned about sustainability and the advantages and disadvantages of different energy sources.

Craig Wreglesworth, BP Operations Engineer, visited the school on a weekly basis before taking the children for a tour of the terminal.

He said: “They heard how the company takes natural gas from the North Sea and prepares it for use in homes, everyday products, and power stations.

“They also saw how the environment can be positively enhanced by industry through the application of green technology such as a reed bed water treatment plant.”

Gary Glover, head of design and technology at St Bede’s, said: “It’s the second year we have teamed up with them and the technical support and help they give the pupils is really valuable.”

The go4SET project is organised by the Engineering Development Trust, an independent charity which runs schemes across the UK and is sponsored by oil giant BP.

It is designed to encourage children to open their eyes to the world of science, engineering, and technology.

Phil Conner, BP CATS Engineering support team leader, said: “It has been great to harness the children’s energy and enthusiasm, and to give them the opportunity to see how science is applied in the real world.”