Science at the seaside
London Array kick started this year’s Kent’s Coastal Week, by helping children learn more about renewable energy.
The London Array team had a stand in Whitstable Harbour, and with 7,000 visitors over the weekend, the team were kept busy with people wanting to know more about what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
Visitors to the London Array stand were able to take part in a range of creative and scientific workshops.Â Older children were invited to design and make their own wind turbine blades, considering factors such as shape, length, and how many blades should be used.Â The model turbines were then taken out into the harbour so they could be tested in the wind.
Younger children created their own brightly coloured thaumatropes – a spinning disc with a picture on both sides – which they took home as a reminder of the day.
Kent’s Coastal Week is a celebration of all that Kent has to offer, with free or subsidised events – ranging from creative workshops, beach art and boat trips to shingle sculptures and storytelling – taking place from Dartford round the 350 miles to Dungeness.
Joanne Haddon, Stakeholder and Media Manager for London Array, said, “The team had an excellent day in Whitstable, and it was great to see how many people turned out to support the event.Â The children got really involved in creating their own model wind turbines, and their parents were quite keen to have a go too! It was great to see the science behind wind energy being explained in a fun and interactive way.”
Catriona Campbell, organiser of the Creative Coast at Whitstable event, commented, “This event launched Kent’s Coastal Week, a nine day programme of free and subsidised activities taking place around the 350 miles of Kent coastline.Â The feedback from visitors shows that there is a huge desire to enjoy creative activities in Kent’s coastal towns and why this part of the world is increasingly being referred to as Kent’s Creative Coast.”
London Array supported Kent’s Coastal Week alongside the European regional development programme (2007 -2013 European Regional Development Fund INTERREG IVA 2 Seas programme) and Southern Water.
For more information on Kent’s Coastal Week click here.