National Grid and City Year hold festival to inspire children’s love of science

Last Friday, 7th March, over one hundred primary school children from across Wandsworth, south London, took part in a festival of science facilitated by National Grid, and youth and education charity City Year UK.

The National Grid Science Festival, held twice-annually across London, has been designed to inspire children’s love of science and engineering. Local primary school pupils were treated to whizz-bang workshops by enrichment provider Mad Science; explored crazy chemistry conundrums with National Grid engineers; and were awed by science activities with volunteers from City Year UK – a youth and education charity that recruits 18-25 year olds to volunteer as mentors in primary and secondary schools.

The twice-annual festival, which brings scientific principles to life, has been organised as part of the “School Power” programme. School Power is a unique collaboration whereby City Year UK volunteers – trained by National Grid – deliver high-quality and fun extra-curricular workshops to inspire children’s love of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

Matthew Addison, School Power Leader at City Year UK, said:

“The National Grid Science Festival, along with the wider School Power programme, offers primary school pupils a lively and memorable learning experience. We’re delighted to be partnering with National Grid to inspire children’s passion for science from such an early age.”

David Luetchford, Head of Cable Tunnels at National Grid, said:

“We’re really proud to work alongside City Year inspiring for the future – nurturing the next generation to contribute to society and enrich lives. Not only is this critical to a vibrant, successful and hope filled society but also to the success of our business. City Year are critical to our School Power programme and introducing young minds to the exciting world of science, technology engineering and maths. Days like today help show that together we can create the future.”

The festival took place at The Open Door Community Centre, Wandsworth, and participating schools included Brandlehow Primary School, Griffin Primary School and Sellincourt Primary School, Wandsworth


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