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21/03/13: Stockport pupils become bright sparks

To mark National Science and Engineering Week more than 30 children turned into little bright sparks as they discovered the importance of electricity during a fun-filled interactive learning day. Little Bright Sparks Connor Byrne with Adam Thorley, both 10

Electricity North West, the company that owns and maintains the regional power network, spent the day at Cheadle Catholic Primary, in Cheadle Hulme to help teach the youngsters about electricity and its uses now and in the future.

Children, aged nine and ten, enjoyed discovering how electricity is delivered to homes, important safety messages and also how to build electrical circuits through a hands-on session.

Jonathan Collins, corporate social responsibility manager for Electricity North West, said: “We were delighted to spend the day with the children and teach them about how we get electricity to their homes safely.

“Today’s school children are tomorrow’s bill-payers and network engineers, so we want to encourage them to think about how they use energy, and to open up the idea of future careers in engineering.”

The session is part of Electricity North West’s educational programme Bright Sparks, which supports the national curriculum from the age of eight to 12.

Patricia Howarth, science co-ordinator at Cheadle Catholic Primary, said: “The Bright Sparks session was a huge success with the children and it’s great that Electricity North West is spending the time to engage with children teaching them the importance of electricity.

“The children loved the fun and interactive session, which promoted the importance of electricity and also highlighted their own responsibilities when they are older.”

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