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Lemon powered pupils try science with a twist in Beckenham

PUBLISHED: 14:01 11 October 2013 | UPDATED: 14:01 11 October 2013

Julian Tate and Philippa Meares from the National Grid impress youngsters Bradley Vaughan-Grey, Joshua Collins Laham, Kai Tate and Rory Yankson with the lemon powered bulb.

Julian Tate and Philippa Meares from the National Grid impress youngsters Bradley Vaughan-Grey, Joshua Collins Laham, Kai Tate and Rory Yankson with the lemon powered bulb.

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Students in Beckenham swapped batteries for lemons last week, as they learned about a former nearby power station.

Youngsters at Churchfields Primary School, in Churchfields Road, were given a science lesson with a twist when National Grid paid them a visit.

The company are finishing a clean-up operation at an old electric power station in the same road as the school, and offered Year 5 and Year 6 pupils a chance to learn more about their work.

Environmental improvement work began at the site in August, and are expected to be completed this month - leaving the former power station site available for future use.

Philippa Meares, of National Grid, was one of two employees who visited the school and showed the youngsters how to power a lightbulb using citrus fruits.

She said: “The class really enjoyed learning more about the site and how the power station generated electricity. We always welcome the opportunity to give something back to the community when we are carrying out work like this.”

Head teacher Tom Hyndley added: “The pupils really enjoyed the insight into the former power station and it really brought our lessons about electricity and energy to life.”

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