Why Britain Drinks 99,000 Megawatts of Tea Every Day

Following its earlier joint initiative with the At-Bristol Science Centre on the ‘Let There Be Light’ schools workshop, NI Western Branch are pleased to announce the latest product of its continued collaboration with At-Bristol with an energy-themed YouTube video, as part of At-Bristol’s highly popular Live Science channel.

The video’s presenter, Tom Rodgers, visits the National Grid’s control centre to understand how energy is produced by a variety of methods to give the population the power it needs to make a cup of tea. The video is titled ‘Why Britain Drinks 99,000 Megawatts of Tea Every Day’; it can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-IgZpK7gsM

The At-Bristol YouTube channel gives everyone an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the people, places, exhibits, and experiments that bring science to life! As of January 2017, the channel has gained nearly 21,000 subscribers and 2.5 million views of its videos. Many more of these videos can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/user/atbristol

At-Bristol is an educational charity and one of the UK's leading science and discovery centres, with the aim of making science accessible to all. Exploration and education go hand in hand to create an unforgettable, fun day out with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, explosive live science shows and a Planetarium; At-Bristol is one of the UK's biggest and most exciting interactive science centres.

The ‘Let There Be Light’ workshop enables KS3 and KS4 students to see first-hand how steam can be used for electromagnetic induction before they generate the electricity to maintain a steady supply to our mini National Grid. An amazing way to understand the reality of how we keep the lights on in the UK and consider the pros and cons of different energy sources. www.at-bristol.org.uk/education/activity/let-there-be-light.

The NI Western Branch would like to thank the National Grid for their participation, and especially to Ross Exton, Kathy Fawcett, and Lucy Pope of At-Bristol for their enthusiasm in making this collaboration once again a success, and look forward to working on further joint ventures in the future.