WANSBECK MP Ian Lavery visited a Morpeth school to find out how green services provider Eaga is helping youngsters learn about renewable energy.
Mr Lavery sat in on a solar energy lesson at Newminster Middle School delivered by Caroline Robinson, Newcastle-based Eaga’s newly-appointed renewables educational officer.
He said: “This region has a proud heritage in coal mining, but we are also now known for being at the forefront of low-carbon energy production, and for our younger generation, this offers an exciting future.
“I therefore applaud Newminster Middle School and Eaga for this initiative.”
Based in Newcastle, Eaga is one of the UK’s largest installers of household renewable energy solutions. As part of its commitment to sustainable energy sources it has appointed Caroline to work with schools across the UK, and as it has previously installed an array of solar panels at Newminster School it made perfect sense to start there.
Caroline said: “Newminster is already doing some fabulous work through initiatives its after school Climate Crews and Eco clubs, and I an extremely grateful for the opportunity to come in and talk about renewable energy. As a former teacher I know how important it is to make lessons interesting and fun – and easy for busy teachers to include in the curriculum. Using a range of interactive props I can demonstrate renewable energy in a way which engages all the pupils and hopefully leaves a lasting impression.”
Gillian Whitmell, science teacher at Newminster, said: “The flooding in Morpeth in 2008 has made us all aware of how fragile our planet is and there is huge interest in our school for green living. We have solar panels on our roof supplying power to the kitchens, and we recently achieved Eco Schools Green Flag status for our efforts in for example recycling, reusing water and paper and reducing waste. Working with Caroline and Eaga is therefore something we were more than keen to do.”