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Primary school pupils become 'Smart Scientists'

Shaun Reynolds 7th Nov, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

SCIENCE enthusiasts from schools in Solihull had the chance to become ‘Smart Scientists’ for a day and learn how to save energy as part of E.ON’s smart kids education programme.

Over 150 Year 5 and 6 pupils at two borough schools took part in interactive workshops to understand more about energy, where it comes from and how to use it efficiently in a home environment.

A series of hands-on games and activities, with the support of Professor Smart Alec and his assistant Neon Bright, were completed by the pupils.

During the sessions, pupils donned white lad coats and worked against the clock to help Professor Smart Alec regain his smartness by the end of the lesson.

Carol Taylor, headteacher at Haslucks Green Junior School, said: “The Smart Kids workshop was a fun and creative way for children to learn all about energy and how to use it wisely in the home.

“The activities were pitched at the right level and our pupils really threw themselves into the different challenges.

“Both characters, Professor Smart Alec and Neon Bright, did a good job of combining the serious nature of the topic with some light hearted entertainment.

“I’m sure that our pupils have learnt some useful tips to save energy and came out of the workshop full of enthusiasm to share them at home.”

Alison Gibson, senior community relations officer at E.ON, said: “We designed our Smart Kids workshop to offer schools something different.

“They provide youngsters with a way to bring energy alive and leave them with a practical understanding of what it is and how we all use it.

“It complements the national science curriculum, but we hope also provides a fun opportunity for children to test their understanding of energy with a series of hands-on activities.”

The Smart Kids workshop forms part of E.ON’s broader educational activities – developed to educate children about where energy comes from and how it is used in our everyday lives.

For more information about E.ON, and the opportunities to young students that they offer, visit

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