The incredible Year 5 children from Riverdale Primary school worked extremely hard today on the next installment of our ‘Energy Academy’ workshops funded by Redcar and Cleveland College.

These super-focused Year 5 children from Redcar learned all about renewable energy and the important role it will play in Teesside. We looked more in-depth at the developments at Teesworks and how they could positively impact future career opportunities in their area.

Over the course of the morning, they 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. Jessica – a Year 5 child – said, “Buiding my model wind farm was my favourite part of the session even though some parts were challenging especially connecting the circuit!” This isn’t something the children do every day and they demonstrated high levels of resilience trying different solutions till they found the one that worked for their group.

We didn’t just stop there, we also had time for the ‘Hydrogen Grand Prix’ with children setting up their own hydrogen-powered car and learning all about electrolysis to separate the hydrogen from distilled water to power the car before we raced them!

Their commitment and enthusiasm levels were off the charts and the children even considered the possibility of hydrogen being the fuel of the future.