Science day for the whole family

EDF's Energy Heysham Power Stations are holding a science day at the university.
EDF's Energy Heysham Power Stations are holding a science day at the university.
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EDF Energy’s Heysham power stations are hosting a science day on Saturday, March 21 in partnership with Lancaster University.

The stations’ Visitor Centre will stage a number of hands-on science activities workshops and experiments during the day and those attending can get some science-based giveaways.

Staff and students from Lancaster University’s science and engineering departments will show those at the event the latest in 3D printing, how rainbows work, and give them an introduction to particle physics.

Donna Diamond, visitor centre supervisor, said: “We have held a series of science events at the stations in the past 18 months but this is by far the most ambitious.

“Thanks to our partnership with Lancaster University we will have some really interesting and exciting experiments for people to try.

“There will be a great mix of science and engineering activities and demonstrations which are aimed at all ages.

“From events such as this and the work we do here at the Visitor Centre, we are hoping to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with this event.”

Dr Alan Darragh, of Lancaster University, said: “This is a great opportunity to collaborate with one of the area’s biggest employers.

“We can showcase our science technology, engineering and maths research and disciplines to a wide variety of people, and also build links with the local community.

“We hope the event will mark the start of a long term partnership to promote science and technology in the local area.”

The event, which is free, runs from 10am to 2pm and people can drop in with their families throughout the day.

To find out more about the event, contact Donna Diamond at heyshamvisitorcentre@edf-energy.com.