Science takes centre stage at power station fun day

Morecambe High School pupils Jason Dixon and Millie Wattam and Our Lady's Catholic College pupils Caitlin Kelly and Joseph Murphy at the science show at the Grand, with Ian Haines, technical and safety manager at Heysham 2 power station, and performers Nic Harrigan and Simon Watt.
Morecambe High School pupils Jason Dixon and Millie Wattam and Our Lady's Catholic College pupils Caitlin Kelly and Joseph Murphy at the science show at the Grand, with Ian Haines, technical and safety manager at Heysham 2 power station, and performers Nic Harrigan and Simon Watt.
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Vortex rings and ugly animals kept an audience of more than 800 pupils on the edge of their seats as science took centre stage at The Grand Theatre.

Performers Nic Harrigan and Simon Watt took pupils from eight secondary schools through some fascinating physics and boggling biology as part of an event supported by Heysham Power Stations.

Ian Haines, technical and safety manager at Heysham 2 power station, took the morning event and Ian Stewart, station director at Heysham 1, took the afternoon session.

Organiser Donna Diamond, the station’s visitor centre supervisor, said: “This is third time we have run these events and they are getting better and better.

“The pupils really engaged with the performers who covered some interesting physics and biology theories. We are showing that science is fun, and hopefully encouraging some of The Grand’s audience to pursue a career in science, maths and technology.

“Locally we employ around 1,500 people at Heysham 1 and Heysham 2 power stations, and they are involved in engineering but also physics and chemistry, so there are opportunities with EDF Energy for people with a range of skills.”

Simon Watt introduced the audience to some of the planet’s ugliest and unloved animals. He said many of the creatures seen as ‘ugly’ were nearly extinct but were crucial to the planet’s delicate eco-systems. Pupils were called onto stage to become many of the endangered animals and show their unique traits such as firing blood at enemies.

Nic Harrigan took the pupils through some home-based physics, from making milk rings and creating flame tornados to a series of microwave-based experiments.

Heysham High, Morecambe High, Carnforth High, Our Lady’s Catholic College, Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School, Ripley St Thomas, and Central Lancaster High attended the event.