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Pedal power: Students learn about alternative ways of creating energy

Posted on 10/02/2010

Students get on their bikes to create energy

School pupils used a bit of pedal power to get the music pumping as part of an energy exhibition at Royal Holloway.

The students from Reading Girls’ School and Halliford School in Shepperton were shown alternative ways of creating power, including using a bike–powered disco, where the energy created through pedaling was used to play music and activate disco lights. They were also shown how wave generators and hydroelectric power generators work.

The event, held at Royal Holloway, University of London, is part of the SEPnet (South East Physics Network) outreach programme, designed to encourage more students to take physics at A-level and as a degree choice. The day included a lecture and an exhibition on energy production.

Jennifer Lardge, Science Outreach officer at Royal Holloway, said, "It’s exciting to see the students engaging with physics through our large scale interactive exhibits, which would not be feasible in a school classroom. For many, this experience will be the first time they have set foot on a university campus. Their visit to Royal Holloway enables them to become familiar with the setting and encourages them along the path towards higher education.”

Royal Holloway is also hosting a free Science Open Day on Saturday 27 February between 10am-4pm which is open to all. Expert scientists will talk about current issues and how you can get involved including Roger Key’s presentation on ′Hunting for Aliens in the Antarctic′, as well as workshops and hands-on activities for all ages.

For more information visit: http://www.rhul.ac.uk/science-outreach/open-day.html or email: scienceoutreach@rhul.ac.uk


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