Did you know that Newcastle was one of the first places in the world to have electric streetlights? That streetlights used to be switched on and off by policemen? That today the North East is a centre of innovation in environmentally friendly electricity generation? 

Try your hand at designing and building electrical circuits to light up our lab. Discover how switches, motion sensors and light detectors are used to control Newcastle’s streetlights. Explore the future of electricity generation that is developing right here in the Northeast. 

By the end of the workshops students will have discovered:

  • How Newcastle has been a centre of innovation in electric lighting 
  • How to build electrical circuits that link power sources to switches, sensors and lights
  • How switches and sensors are used to control electronic devices
  • How scientists and engineers are developing more environmentally friendly ways to generate electricity and to light our streets

Curriculum links

Key Stage 2 Science

  • Electricity
  • Working scientifically

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