In February, pupils from Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School were paid a visit by representatives from IFA2, along with a couple of ‘Mad Scientists’ in an exciting presentation about electricity.
As part of their commitment to the local community, IFA2 the organisation that is connecting England’s and France’s electricity supply via subsea cable - are encouraging pupils from across the area to engage in STEM subjects via a series of assemblies and workshops on electricity.
With over 200 children in attendance, IFA2’s Assistant Commercial Manager Craig Hunter and Project Manager Joe O’Loghlen, started the session with a talk about careers in engineering.
The Lee-on-the-Solent pupils were then joined by Super Sian and Electric Eddy from ‘Mad Science’ who presented a fun-filled interactive assembly. The assembly included quizzing the children on electric currents, famous electricians and getting some trusty volunteers to demonstrate how static electricity works on a Van de Graaff generator.
Craig Hunter, Assistant Commercial Manager at IFA2, said: “As we continue to work on the IFA2 project, we feel it’s important to inspire children living in the area about the importance of electricity and STEM subjects.
“We are looking forward to getting more local schools involved in the Mad Science workshops which will be offered as part of the programme.”
Darren Nickerson, Headteacher at Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School, added: “The children really enjoyed having the ‘mad scientists’ in school. It was great to see them engaging with a topical subject that’s relevant to the area. It is vital to inspire our next generation on future prospects and the assembly did it perfectly.”
Following the Mad Science assembly, the pupils took part in workshops to learn more about electricity. The workshops consisted of an in-depth session on electricity, constructing electricity circuits to demonstrate how electricity works as well as making a static electricity chain via the Van De Graaf generator. The programme is free and any primary school in the area is invited can take part.