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Mad Science Puts People Power Into Action for Blackburn Pupils

Jan 29, 2014 12:00 AM
 Pupils at St Barnabas & St Paul’s C of E Primary School were treated to an interactive MAD Science workshop as part of Blackburn with Darwen Council’s ‘People Power’ campaign.

People Power is the collective energy saving scheme, now in its second year, that gives residents the chance to save money off their energy bills and with the latest auction just weeks away, the team went back to school to get the money saving message home.

Putting power in the hands of the pupils, the educational session was delivered by award-winning company, MAD Science, to engage with the children and to build awareness of energy in all its forms. Pupils learnt all about where energy comes from and how it changes from one state to another and lots of lucky pupils were even invited on stage to have a go at the experiments themselves.

Nicky Cook Senior Energy Solutions Officer for Blackburn with Darwen Council said: “We wanted to get local children thinking about where their gas and electricity comes from, how it’s a finite resource and to get them thinking about saving energy and money too which we believe is ever important in the face of rising fuel costs and the on-going concern of fuel poverty.”

Jenny Hannan, teacher at St Barnabas & St Paul’s C of E Primary School added: “On behalf of the school, I’d like to say a huge thank you to MAD Science and Blackburn with Darwen Council for organising this really engaging and educational event. We are always looking for interesting ways to get our pupils thinking about the world that we live in and today’s event certainly did that whilst also getting some important messages across. It's these fun and inspiring events that capture and interest the children. These type of events aid learning and from our recent results of being ranked 55th in the country for progress, we are always giving children exciting and meaningful ways to investigate and achieve the best they can.”

Residents are now being urged to review their bills and combine their purchasing power in the People Power collective energy auction to ensure they get the very best energy deal possible. Simply register details at before midnight on 17th February.

All residents who register for the scheme will be taken forward to the collective energy auction, taking place on 18th February 2014. Following the auction, all of those registered will be contacted with their individual energy deal offer, which they are free to accept or decline. For more information, please call the council number for DASH (Decent And Safe Homes) on 01254 588822.

The scheme is open to all Lancashire residents, including those in rented properties and who use a pre-payment metre. One email address can be used for up to five different registrations, for those who do not have email access, or alternatively, residents can contact their local council directly for further advice on how to register.

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