Arnold Hill pupils recharged during E.ON’s electric vehicle challenge, spurred on by Vernon Coaker, MP
Sales of electric vehicles are increasing year on year and we believe are going to have a huge impact on the way we all live our lives. We decided to use the theme of electric cars as a way to help pupils understand more about their energy, and get them thinking like engineers as they build, test and improve their own designs.
A class of Year 7 pupils at Arnold Hill Academy put their problem solving and design skills to the test as they took part in an electric vehicle workshop delivered at their school by E.ON and also attended by MP Vernon Coaker.
The session was designed by E.ON to help pupils develop key employability skills such as communication and collaboration as they learned about energy and electrical circuits and were tasked to work in teams to build electric cars.
The pupils were then given the chance to test their cars on a race track, before investigating a range of modifications to the vehicles to help them go faster and travel straighter. The teams then competed against each other to reach the target distance in the shortest possible time.
Billie-Jean Poole, who works in community relations at E.ON, said: “The feedback we get from schools is that we have to make energy topics relevant to the young people we’re trying to inform.
“Sales of electric vehicles are increasing year on year and we believe are going to have a huge impact on the way we all live our lives. We decided to use the theme of electric cars as a way to help pupils understand more about their energy, and get them thinking like engineers as they build, test and improve their own designs.”
Suzanne Norris, Head of Technology and Construction, at Arnold Hill Academy, said: “The pupils responded well to the challenge of designing their electric vehicles, applying their creativity and problem solving abilities to the task. It was good for them to be able to see for themselves how adapting the models affected their performance.”
Vernon Coaker MP said: “Collaborative work between industries and schools is very important, as not only does it ignite a passion for learning in a particular subject area, it can also drive a young person’s ambition. It was fantastic to see the pupils from Arnold Hill Academy fully engaged in the activity and to see them using their imagination, knowledge and creativity. This programme between E.ON and schools clearly promotes learning about science and the future of our energy and is having a positive impact.”
The workshop at Arnold Hill Academy formed part of E.ON’s broader educational activities, developed to help teach children about where energy comes from and how it is used in our everyday lives. E.ON’s Energise Anything programme also includes online parent and classroom-based activities. These support the national curriculum and have been designed to help pupils aged 5-16 understand all stages of energy production, distribution and consumption.
To help people better understand their energy use, E.ON is installing smart meters for customers across Britain. Customers can visit eonenergy.com/smart for more information about E.ON’s self-reading smart meters and to see if they are able to get one installed. If eligible today, they can also book an appointment online.
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Photos show MP Vernon Coaker with pupils at Arnold Hill Academy during an electric vehicle workshop delivered by E.ON
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