Hands on education: Pupils of Llannon school

PUPILS at Llannon Primary School were given a hair-raising insight into electricity through a hands-on education session powered by National Grid.

With the help of engineers from National Grid, a class of 29 Year 3 and 4 pupils were taught how their homes are powered and took part in experiments to make their own electricity.

National Grid has been refurbishing a 75km stretch of overhead power line between Swansea and Pembroke and organised the session to teach the children about some interesting aspects of the science behind electricity. Pupils also learned about National Grid’s role in supplying the local area’s energy, both today and historically.

Experts from National Grid were on hand to help facilitate the bilingual session, answer questions and to encourage discussion about the role of electricity in modern day life. The team then handed over to education provider, Mad Science, who continued the workshop with the pupils exploring the subject of electricity through making a range of circuits with bulbs, switches and spinning motors. The Van der Graaf generator was the hair-raising finale, which stood out as a definite fan-favourite.

Simon Chandler, National Grid Project Manager said; “This is a fantastic way to mark the end of a successful project and we’d like to thank Llannon Primary School for their warm welcome. Using the local pylons as an example can teach them about site safety, local history and the science behind electricity.

“Sharing the knowledge and experience we have at National Grid with the community is an important part of us acting as a responsible business. Using our education sessions to enhance the curriculum for young people in science and technology benefits their learning and inspires future engineers.”

Work began on the lines in March and continues until December 2018. The work will help to maintain the electricity supply in the area and keep power flowing to homes and businesses for years to come.

Marie Langabeer, headteacher, said: “The pupils had a wonderful time and thoroughly enjoyed getting involved in the experiments and learning more about engineering and electricity.

“Our school statement is ‘preparing together today for tomorrow’s future’. Our thanks go out to National Grid for supporting our mission by organising such a fun yet informative session.”

The £50m project is due to finish in December, almost a year after the work first started. More information is available at nationalgrid.com/pembroke.

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