School near Ferndale Wind Farm has lesson in wind energy

This week, local children from Bodringallt Primary School in Ystrad discussed our newly constructed Ferndale Wind Farm and the issues of energy security and climate change with us. A naming competition amongst pupils resulted in 8 names for the individual wind turbines; Windy, Bodringallt Spinner, Whoozy, Turby Tom, Welsh Whirly, Blowy, Timmy Turner and Windston.

All the school’s pupils, around 60 children were involved in a talk about how we use and make electricity, the role renewable energy has to play, how Ferndale Wind Farm was constructed and the wind turbine naming competition. The senior 22 pupils went on to build their own solar powered wind turbine models.

Sheryl Husband, a trainee teacher from Bodringallt Primary who organised the lesson said, “We can see the wind turbines from our school, we watched them being built. We feel it is important that the children understand the changes in their environment. Infinergy explained why we need wind energy and we all found it very interesting.”

Kari Clouston from Infinergy commented, “The children were very interested and keen to learn about wind power. We had the opportunity to discuss the wider climate change issue and the part renewable energy has to play in combating it. Hopefully it gave the pupils a clearer insight into the reasons why we need alternative energy sources right now.”

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