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Solar Impulse excites British students


The project “Solar Impulse – Around the World in a Solar Airplane” formed the highlight of the first FuturEnergia school visit in the UK. Two experts - Adrian Whyle, PlasticsEurope, and Richard Thommeret, Solvay – shared their expertise on materials and energy efficiency with around 90 students and their teachers on 10 July 2012 at Copley High School in Stalybridge, Cheshire.

With FuturEnergia we have succeeded in our primary aims of raising the students' aspirations while providing real life motivational examples of science within a European context”, says Rob Butler, teacher at Copley High School, when asked about the added-value of such an event to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) teaching.

It is our responsibility to make sure our children have access to the same standard of living as we have today – considering that our resources are finite. Therefore it is crucial to talk to pupils and raise awareness amongst them about the importance of energy savings and CO2 emissions reductions. Plastics offer a lot of opportunities to achieve this objective”, says Adrian Whyle, Resource Efficiency Manager at PlasticsEurope in the UK.

One of these opportunities is the development of a solar airplane with the help of plastic materials. Richard Thommeret, Marketing Manager at Solvay/SolVin took the students on an exciting journey while talking them through the “Solar Impulse” project. “I hope that exchanging views with the pupils and sharing expertise with them will contribute to raise their interest in sciences and encourage them to embrace scientific careers to ensure a pool of scientific excellence in Europe for the years to come” says Richard.

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Download the presentations:

Adrian Whyle's presentation on Saving energy and protecting the planet (ppt)

Richard Thommeret's presentation on the Solar Impule project (pdf)


Have a look at the Solar Impulse project video "From start to Brussels":