Today the Year 6 children from Crooksbarn Primary School worked extremely hard during our ‘Renewable Energy in Action’ session.

These enthusiastic Year 6 children, from Norton, learned about renewable energy and its important role in Teesside. We looked more in-depth at the developments at Teesworks and how they could positively impact future career opportunities in their area.

During the morning, the children became ‘Energy Engineers’ and independently planned and built their own working model of a wind farm choosing their locations wisely thinking of the financial and ethical implications. Tilly, a Year 6 child, said, “Buiding my model wind farm was my favourite part of the session especially planning the routes for my cables on the map and working out the mathematical calculations for the overall cost ” Michael, also a pupil in Year 6, commented on how effectively everyone worked together in their teams to complete the tasks and how his friends supported him with his learning.

After lunch, we looked at the mechanics behind the technology fueling today’s automotive revolution while setting up their own hydrogen-powered car! These Year 6 children set up their own hydrogen-powered car and learned all about the process of electrolysis to separate the hydrogen from distilled water to power the car before we raced them! This was Olivia’s, a pupil in Year 6s, highlight of the day! She told us that having the opportunity to use hydrogen-powered cars is not something you do every day and she thoroughly enjoyed racing them in the Hydrogen Grand Prix! A buzz of excitement filled the hall as the car named after Leonardo da Vinci won the race!

Today’s Year 6 pupils had very high resilience and perseverance levels and they didn’t shy away from a challenge – some very impressive qualities to take forward with them into the future.

What a day and such an incredible Renewable energy in-action session!