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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Children channel energy into windfarm challenge

A WIND energy company organised a day to challenge children to think about how people and nature can work together.

On Wednesday Vattenfall asked local school children to think like an engineer to answer the question.

Project organiser Brian Wood said: “The Vattenfall Windfarm Challenge day has been set up in Barrow to develop the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills of young people in the area with a view to them choosing a career in engineering here.”

 

The day, held at The Forum, in Duke Street, introduced the children to a world of work by setting them three challenges that they had to work out in groups.

Mr Wood said: “Every group has got five people and every person comes from a different school.”

The children were from Furness Academy, Dowdales School, St Bernard’s, Walney School and Ulverston Victoria High School.

Mr Wood explained that 10 pupils came from every school, five boys and five girls from each.

Ann Parratt, communications officer for Vattenfall, said: “It’s great they’ve all been specially picked as they are all interested in engineering.”

Mr Woods said: “Hopefully at the end of the day they will have learnt something.”

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