Light Up Sunderland with Northern Powergrid

Winning pupils from Hudson Road Primary School in Sunderland were made VIPs for the night after winning the Northern Powergrid Light Up Sunderland competition to design their own Christmas light.

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FOCUS: Help primary school pupils understand energy consumption, communities and lighting design whilst encouraging them to engage with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

Following a successful two-year programme model in Leeds, pupils from Year 5 entered this competition held as part of the joint educational programme by Northern Powergrid and Ahead Partnership.

The competition kicked off with a launch in school with business volunteers from Northern Powergrid briefing the pupils on energy consumption, health and safety and the theme of 'community' before allowing teams of students four weeks to create their designs.

Pupils pitched their ideas to executives at Northern Powergrid's training centre in Durham in a 'Dragon's Den'-style event. The winning idea was then manufactured by Leeds Lights and the winners, who were joined by their class mates, celebrated their success at their very own Light Switch On VIP party in Sunderland city centre.

The winning concept was called 'Rocking around the Communi-tree!' and was erected on Park Lane by Sunderland City Council with a switch on by Sunderland's Deputy Mayor, Doris MacKnight.


"It’s been fantastic to share in the children’s excitement for this innovative educational programme. The competition has proved an inventive way to get youngsters across these regions to involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. Their designs are really eye-catching and the winners should be incredibly proud of their achievements and being able to share their creativity with everyone who visits Sunderland to see the lights.”

Siobhan Barton, Head of Stakeholder & Customer Engagement, Northern Powergrid


 You can see the news story and more images from the Light Up Sunderland switch on event here >>

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