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This year, The Gateway Academy was our winning school for the highly competitive Big Energy Project Challenge 2014. True to its values of ‘encouraging lifelong learning and an interest in the world around them’, these select students presented an exceptional project which eventually won them a trip to London where they were treated to two days of further learning, science based fun activities and even a night out in the West End!

On the first day, our winning team left bright and early on a train to London headed to their first stop – Kings College, London where they participated in a practical and investigative Science workshop exploring ‘dye-sensitised solar cells’ and ‘Hydrogen Fuel Cells’. The students thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on fun of creating their own alternative power supply to fuel objects and measure energy output. Having spent an afternoon in lab coats, the students were then taken on a bird’s eye tour of London in the much famed London Eye where they enjoyed spectacular wintery views.

The next day saw the team visiting EDF’s headquarters where they met with EDF Energy and the Transformation Trust representatives to present their campaign and learn a little more about the work surrounding EDF Energy. A trip to the Science Museum with a tour and talk on electricity hosted by a costumed Michael Faraday followed, including a visit to the exhibition on Energy: Fuelling the Future, in particular was greatly enjoyed by all. The team hit London’s West End to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After two days of discovery and well deserved fun, it was time for the team to leave the bright lights of London and head home where we hope they will continue to excel in their fields of work.

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