Almost 4,000 primary and secondary school pupils from 37 schools across Nottingham have taken part in one of E.ON’s Energise Anything educational workshops during the past 12 months, developing their Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills, whilst tackling new, hands-on challenges.
From using bananas to create electrical circuits and make music as part of the ‘Creative Conductors’ workshops to dressing up as energy guzzlers and performing a Play in a Day, the pupils have explored energy and science through a range of fun and practical activities.
A further 125 students at Nottingham secondary schools were supported in their career development through E.ON’s Youth Pathway and Business in the Community’s Careers Lab programmes.
Both are designed to encourage pupils to make the link between what they learn in the classroom and their possible career paths early on in their education, making them better prepared for when the time comes to make choices about their future.
650 Nottinghamshire primary school pupils have also been supported with their literacy skills through E.ON volunteers visiting the schools to read with the pupils and resources designed to help the pupils develop their reading ability.
With more than 5,000 E.ON employees based at sites across Nottinghamshire, E.ON colleagues had the opportunity to get involved in the workshops and visit the schools to see the activity in action.
Tracey Dalton, who works in E.ON’s Internal Communications Team, visited Salterford House School in Calverton where the pupils took part in the Creative Conductors workshop. She said: “It made a real change to go back into the classroom for the day and share my knowledge and experience of working in the energy industry with the pupils.
“I’m proud to work for a company that offers these opportunities to local schools and engages with so many pupils to ensure that STEM subjects and energy continue to be fun and inspiring.”
David Tungate, Head of School at the Nottingham Academy, one of the schools which has taken part in the Creative Conductors and careers workshops, said: ”At Nottingham Academy we really value the involvement of businesses as they bring with them a different perspective and their own particular expertise, which complements our curriculum and learning.
“Our pupils have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in E.ON’s energy workshops and careers programmes which have given them the chance to explore STEM subjects and their career development in different, more creative ways, as well as bringing aspects of the real world in to the classroom.”
These school programmes form part of E.ON’s broader community offering, which saw more than 18,000 school pupils nationwide take part in one of its energy education activities in 2016.
To find out more about how E.ON is working with local communities and for full details and resources for Energise Anything visit eonenergy.com/energiseanything
To celebrate the launch of E.ON Energise Anything E.ON is giving schools and individuals the opportunity to win prizes, such as iPads or vouchers for their school through its #MyEnergyHack competition. The competition is open to schools as well as individuals aged 5-18 years. Parents and teachers of younger students who don’t have social media can enter on their behalf.