The Electric City brings electricity to life through a mix of drama, games and metaphor. It is available as both a stand-alone workshop and as a whole-school Big Science Day.

Workshop Description

The Electric City explores (according to age) …

  • What electricity “is” …
  • How we use electricity …
  • Different ways of generating electricity - and how some are greener than others …
  • The processes involved in gas-powered electricity generation …
  • The concept of electric circuits - and some of the components of circuits (and both their purposes and symbols).

The workshops are suitable for up to 60 children at a time and we are always happy to start the day with a whole-school assembly.

"As ever, the kids absolutely loved the mix of drama and scientific facts. The drama brings to life difficult concepts such as electricity (atoms etc.) and is particularly supportive for SEN children. What surprised me the most was how Jackson managed to get the entire electricity curriculum in to a 1.5 hour workshop! Jackson’s knowledge was also remarkable. He allowed the children to ask him questions about anything scientific and was able to answer them all clearly e.g. how do bar codes work. We will be inviting Jackson back next year!" Priestmead Primary School
EYFS - Y6 / P1-P7 / Senior Infants - 6th Class
1 hour - half a day
30 pupils per workshop
School Hall


How many pupils can take part?

The Electric City can accommodate up-to 30 pupils per workshop in sessions lasting around an hour. It's usually possible to timetable 5 x workshops I one day, so that's up to 150 children in total that's the whole of a two-form entry school in just one day!

What is the format of the day?

We will work with you to plan a timetable, based on the number of classes you would like to take part and the timings of your school day. This workshop can last anywhere from 1-hour to half-a-day.

Are there any technical requirements?

Each working space needs to be equipped with laptop/screen/projector, so pupils can view the supporting PowerPoint throughout.


Where will the workshops take place?

This workshop is active and works best in a school hall. A large classroom with desks and chairs stowed away as far as possible is fine.

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