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Beckenham schoolchildren make a battery out of a lemon
BUDDING Beckenham scientists have been given a treat by learning how to make a battery out of a lemon.
Last Tuesday (October 1) National Grid workers took time out from their day job to give 60 children from Churchfields Primary School an insight into the energy story.
Volunteers talked to pupils from the Beckenham school as part of the National Grid School Power programme, which aims to inspire inventors, engineers and scientists of the future.
The lesson also included a practical element with children being given the chance to generate their own electricity by making a battery out of a lemon.
Headteacher Tom Hyndley said: "I was really pleased the team at National Grid were able to take the afternoon out to share their knowledge and expertise with the class.
"The pupils really enjoyed the insight into the former power station and it really brought our lessons about electricity and energy to life."
A power station was developed in Churchfields Road in 1854 and survived into the early 20th century.
National Grid subsequently bought the site and is cleaning up the land so it can be re-used.
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