‘Bright sparks’ light up Playhouse

Understanding Electricity SONI schools event students from Ballougry P.S. with SONI engineer Alan Brady 29.03.12.JPG
Understanding Electricity SONI schools event students from Ballougry P.S. with SONI engineer Alan Brady 29.03.12.JPG
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Almost 400 local students have attended an ‘Understanding electricity - From Power Station to PlayStation.’ event at the Playhouse.

It is hoped the event will boost pupil participation in maths and engineering courses at undergraduate level.

A SONI engineer enlightens two St. Mary's College pupils as to how wind energy is created, at the Understanding Electricity event at the Playhouse last week.

A SONI engineer enlightens two St. Mary's College pupils as to how wind energy is created, at the Understanding Electricity event at the Playhouse last week.

The hands on learning event was organised by System Operator for Northern Ireland, SONI. It was SONI’s inaugural schools science programme. The show was based on the GCSE science curriculum, particular emphasis was placed on pupils gaining practical experience through audience participation.

The project aims to help GCSE students develop an appreciation of the impact electricity has on our lives and environment.

The programme was devised by SONI which is part of the EirGrid Group, the operator of the transmission network and operator of the Single Electricity Market across the island.

Students viewed a number of electricity related experiments, SONI engineers then held a 45 minute show where they demonstrated a number of experiments including; static electricity, batteries and circuits, Morse code, electromagnetism, renewable energy and transmission.

Rachel Gardiner from Fountain Primary School concentrates hard at the SONI Understanding Electricity event at The Playhouse as school friends Kaitlyn McCahon and Rebecca Robinson look on.

Rachel Gardiner from Fountain Primary School concentrates hard at the SONI Understanding Electricity event at The Playhouse as school friends Kaitlyn McCahon and Rebecca Robinson look on.

Mark Durkan MP also attended the event.

Speaking about the programme, Robin McCormick, SONI General Manager said: “SONI has some of brightest engineering minds in the country working in our organisation.

“Strong engineering graduates continue to be highly sought after, particularly, from SONI’s perspective, electrical engineers. Through this programme SONI hopes to encourage students to develop an interest in all aspects of engineering with a view to them eventually pursuing a career in this area.”

Mr. McCormick continued by adding: “The response has been exceptionally positive and we are delighted with the feedback we received from teachers and pupils alike.”