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Pupils at Baileys Court learn how to generate electricity from waste

Posted on Saturday 13th June 2015 at 11:12 am by SH (Editor)

Hands-on science programme at Baileys Court Primary School, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Year 5 pupils at Baileys Court primary School have been taking part in a hands-on science programme in which they have constructed their own miniature fuel cells to generate electricity from waste.

Organised in conjunction with staff from the University of the West of England, with the support of a grant from the Royal Society, the 12-week project is intended to encourage the pupils to think about the challenges posed by the depletion of the earth’s resources and explore more sustainable ways of producing power.

The focus of the project is on microbial fuel cells (MFCs); a technology employing bacteria to produce electricity. Working in groups, the children have constructed simple MFCs from components manufactured at the university.

They have been encouraged to think about the local environment and where bacteria may live (e.g. pond, puddle, food, soil, compost) and have inoculated their MFCs using bacteria from their location of choice.

With their MFCs built, pupils then carried out experiments to vary the type/amount of food given to the cells and monitored electrical output in order to observe the correlation between power and microbial metabolism.

As we went to press, we heard that pupils had connected some of their fuel cells into an electrical circuit and successfully lit up a light-emitting diode (LED)!

At the end of June, the Year 5 pupils will go on a day trip to the university to see examples of larger MFCs and the applications they can be used for.

Hands-on science programme at Baileys Court Primary School, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

This article originally appeared in the June 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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[Forum] Holiday hands-on science programme at Baileys Court

Posted on Friday 15th July 2011 at 11:24 pm by Heather Jones (Forum)

Future 4 Science

Future 4 Science is a not-for-profit organisation that strives to inspire young minds, getting children excited about Science. We are one of the world’s leading providers of fun, hands-on science enrichment programmes!

This summer we will be entertaining and inspiring children at Baileys Court Primary School on the 3rd, 4th and 5th August, from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Children will be inspired and have fantastic fun while school is out during the holidays. They will become a junior scientist for the day, having the opportunity get hands on with science!

These holiday programmes are truly unique entertaining experiences, which will leave children enthused by science for years to come. These programmes are not school, however children will be engaged in a structured day packed with fun, interactive activities and games.

Future 4 Science programmes are always delivered by highly trained professional instructors, all with Enhanced CRB checks.

We are offering parents who book by 19th July the three days for £50!

Heather Jones
Area Manager
Future 4 Science
Tel: 0845 0132 481

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