Kilkenny students attend EirGrid event

Over 700 students from Kilkenny travelled to the Set Theatre, Langton’s last week to participate in EirGrid’s schools science programme, ‘Understanding electricity: From Power Station to PlayStation’, as part of Science Week 2012 celebrations.

The dynamic and interactive show was based on the electricity module of the junior cycle science curriculum, with particular emphasis placed on practical experience and audience participation.

The aim of the show was to help students develop an appreciation of the impact that electricity has on our lives and environment. The programme was devised by EirGrid, the operator of the national transmission network.

Upon arrival, students viewed a number of electricity related experiments in the ‘Lobby Lab’ before EirGrid engineers presented a 45-minute show where they demonstrated a number of experiments including static electricity, batteries and circuits, electromagnetism, and transmission.

“This was a great opportunity for the EirGrid team as well as the schoolchildren of Kilkenny,” said Aidan Corcoran, Grid25 manager.

“EirGrid has some of the brightest engineering minds in the country working in our organisation and we are excited to be able to be in a position to include Kilkenny in this highly innovative national programme.”

Students from the following schools attended on the day:

Coláiste Éamann Rís, St Brigid’s College, Meánscoil na mBráithre Criostaí, Kilkenny College, St Kieran’s College, Loreto Secondary School, Presentation Secondary School, Scoil Aireagail, Coláiste Pobail Osraí, Abbey Community College, Duiske College, Coláiste Mhuire, Coláiste Cois Siúire, City Vocational School, Grennan College, and Castlecomer Community School.