Bright Sparks set to roll out across Yorkshire

19 October 2016

After hugely successful trials in a number of local primary schools, our energy education programme, Bright Sparks, is set to roll out across Yorkshire.

Comprised of a series of engaging and exciting lesson plans and activities, Bright Sparks is designed to help children get smart with energy. Here at CNG, we wanted to expand the understanding of how energy is used, where it comes from and how it can be used more responsibly. The programme is designed for primary school pupils aged seven to 11, educating them for their role as energy users of the future.

Our three-lesson programme draws on superhero imagery and the powerful message of saving the world and acting for the greater good. In addition to the three lessons, Bright Sparks includes an exciting competition to spark the creativity and competitiveness of young minds. The prize for our ‘Design Your Own Superhero’ competition is £500 worth of book vouchers for the winning school.

Our Managing Director, Jacqui Hall said: “As a mum of three and the MD of CNG, I care deeply about both energy and education. We know learning needs to be fun and Bright Sparks is an engaging and enjoyable way to get across an important message. These pupils are the next generation of energy users and this programme ensures they get excited about energy while learning its vital role in their lives as they grow. We’re urging all Yorkshire primary Schools to take on the challenge to Power Up their pupils.”

We have made the commitment to ‘Power Up’ our own business, with this pledge extending to our partners, customers and the wider community. We identified a lack of understanding of the energy industry, which traces back to a lack of engagement with energy issues at a young age. As energy is so widely used, and we believe that a knowledge of it is vital to users, we decided to tackle this problem at root by working with primary schools, sharing our expertise in the classroom in a fun and exciting way.

Mary Davies, a teacher at one of the schools identified for the initial trial, All Saints Primary in Thirsk, said: “The Bright Sparks teaching pack was really useful in planning and preparing energy lessons, which have a genuine context. The lessons were clearly planned and easy to follow, without needing lots of complicated equipment. I have recommended this pack to my colleagues. The children in my class were particularly enthused by the competition which I used as a hook to engage them with the topic initially.”

Interested schools can find out more by contacting our Bright Sparks Co-ordinator, Fae Oates, at foates@cngltd.co.uk.

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