Young scientists help Professor Smart Alec wise up to saving energy

Smart activity at Bishop Wood Church of England Junior School
Smart activity at Bishop Wood Church of England Junior School

Pupils at a Tring school have had the chance to become smart scientists for a day and learn how to save energy.

Two classes of Year 5 pupils at Bishop Wood Church of England Junior School took part in workshops run by E.ON to understand more about energy, where it comes from and how to use it efficiently in the home. The pupils completed a series of hands-on games and activities with the support of Professor Smart Alec and his assistant Neon Bright.

During the sessions, pupils donned white lab coats and worked against the clock to help the professor regain his smartness by the end of the lesson.

Angela Day, a Year 5 teacher responsible for the science curriculum at the school, said: “The Smart Kids workshops were a fun and creative way for children to learn all about energy and how to use it wisely in the home. The activities were pitched at the right level and our pupils really threw themselves into the different challenges.

“The two characters, Professor Smart Alec and Neon Bright, did a fantastic job of combining the serious nature of the topic with some light hearted entertainment. The pupils have learned some useful tips to save energy and came out of the workshop full of enthusiasm to share them at home.”

Alison Gibson, senior community relations officer at E.ON, said: “We designed our Smart Kids workshop to offer schools something different, a way to bring energy alive for pupils and leave them with a practical understanding of what it is and how we all use it. It complements the national science curriculum, but we hope also provides a fun opportunity for children to test their understanding of energy with a series of hands-on activities.”

The Smart Kids workshop forms part of E.ON’s broader educational activities, developed to educate children about where energy comes from and how it is used in our everyday lives. As well as Smart Kids, E.ON also offers educational activities through its Energy Experience programme which has been created to help teachers working with young people aged 5-16 years.

Energy Experience includes online and classroom activities which support the curriculum, and which have been designed to help pupils understand all stages of energy production, distribution and consumption. Full details and resources can be found at