Light Up Sunderland with Northern Powergrid

Winning pupils from Grindon Hall Christian School in Sunderland were made VIPs for the night after winning the second 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 three-year programme model in Yorkshire, pupils from Year 5 entered this competition in Sunderland for the second year this year 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 'Santa's Coming to Communitown!' and was erected on Park Lane by Sunderland City Council.


"The Light up Sunderland competition has proved to be an effective way to bring STEM subjects to life for the children whilst they also learn more about the communities they live in. I really love this year's winning design and the children should be really proud of the light they have created.”

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


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