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04/11/14: Sparks fly as thousands enjoy a day of electrifying exploration

More than 4,000 budding engineers from across the North West discovered the wonders of electricity during a day of electric exploration as part of the annual Manchester Science Festival last week. Electricity North West sponsors this year's Manchester Science Festival

Youngsters were able to make or break a circuit, build a pylon and generate their own power at a special event organised by the region’s power network operator, Electricity North West.

More than 30 volunteers from Electricity North West were on hand at the free event at the Museum of Science and Industry to showcase how power gets from power stations to homes.

Jonathan Collins, corporate social responsibility manager for Electricity North West, said: “We are delighted that the event was a huge success and that so many children came along and enjoyed the many activities on offer.

“It is vital that we inspire the engineers of the future and the Manchester Science festival is a great opportunity to highlight not only the importance of electricity, but also how exciting it can be.”

Marieke Navin, director of the Manchester Science Festival, said: “Science busking with our sponsors is such an important part of our festival. It really gives visitors of all ages a fantastic insight into their work to inspire a future generation of engineers of both genders.

George Bailey, 11 from Stockport at Manchester Science Festival“We were thrilled that our sponsors Electricity North West joined us for the festival last week to bring their work to life and show the workings and the magic behind something that we use and take for granted every day.”

The annual Manchester Science Festival aims to inspire people with science in the most creative ways possible.

Listen to Jonathan Collins discussing this year’s Manchester Science Festival here. To see more photos follow us @ElectricityNW and to watch videos from the day visit us on Vine and YouTube.

Henry Buckle with Steve Johnson CEO for Electricity North West

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