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23 Dec 2010

NEW INITIATIVE WITH NATIONAL GRID

In partnership with National Grid, one of Imagineering’s major supporters, Imagineering has launched a new activity-based learning opportunity for schools - the Grid @ 75 Challenge.

In partnership with National Grid, one of Imagineering’s major supporters, Imagineering has launched a new activity-based learning opportunity for schools - the *Grid @ 75 Challenge. *

National Grid is sponsoring this project to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the UK’s mainland electrical grid system. The project, aimed at Years 6, 7 and 8, is run by Peter Lock at the Imagineering Jaguar Land Rover Partnership Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire.

The Grid @ 75 Challenge, which takes around three hours to complete, involves teams constructing a working model grid system with transmission towers. A model power station supplies the system using a variable speed motor which drives a small a.c. generator. A small transformer supplies ‘grid voltage’ to the transmission cables and at the other end a substation changes the voltage to supply lighting power to a model house.

An exciting and highly successful pilot scheme was undertaken at Curdworth Primary School in Sutton Coldfield when 25 excited youngsters divided into two teams and successfully built two separate working grid systems - and they had enormous fun!

*Initially National Grid will be funding free school places on the Grid @ 75 Challenge to attract new schools to the other opportunities available at the Partnership Centre at Gaydon. *

Richard Earp, Education & Skills Manager at National Grid, said: “This is a great opportunity for young people to develop their practical skills and to think about the science and engineering that lies behind the vital infrastructure that we all take for granted.”

For enquiries on opportunities to take part in the new initiative email Peter Lock, Gaydon Centre Manager at +peter.lock@imagineering.org.uk.+

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