Barrow students generate electricity at Kendal River after a hydropower masterclass

SIXTH Form students learned about hydropower as a sustainable way to generate electricity.

Sixth graders studying A levels at the Rating Lane campus, took part in a team day that showcased the technology involved in generating renewable energy.

Learning Hydro organized the STEM day and shared its knowledge and expertise of the sector with sixth graders.

They asked the students to find the most efficient way to create hydroelectricity in a rural area in the Southern Lakes.

British Hydro Association Professor David Williams with Gordon Black, Director of Learning at Learning Hydro. The two experts were very impressed with the creativity and tenacity of the students as they worked to come up with the plan that would generate the most electricity.

David said: ‘It was fantastic to be here in Barrow today talking to students and explaining more about the full spectrum of hydropower and its benefits.

He said the event was supported by Ørsted, the world leader in offshore wind, and community fund GrantScape.

Gabe Scarpone, who studies A levels in business, law, politics and sociology, said he enjoyed the experience.

He said: “It’s good to learn how we can use sustainable forms of energy as we move into the future.

Adult learner Sana Fawad Saleemi, who is also studying A-levels, said she found the teamwork aspect of the group activity helpful, while fellow student Ella Drury said knowing the hydropower would be relevant to all their futures.

Dr Helen Rastelli, Deputy Head of Year Six, said: “Sustainable sources of energy are key to tackling climate change; climate change is a priority for many students and awareness of environmental issues is a vital skill for employability. We were delighted to welcome David and Gordon to campus and they were able to share their expertise with our students in a very engaging way”.

Dr. Andy Burrows; Geography and biology tutor; said: “Opportunities for physical geographers and biologists will be increasingly important, knowledge of the natural environment is essential when designing hydroelectric schemes in an ecological way.”

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