On 13th October two of the Year 10 science groups attended a trip to Mochovce, Energoland. We had a hurried snack, snatched our lunches and set off on a bus ride. We got divided into three groups and when we got to the exhibition, we were greeted by a speech from Mr Matus Demko, our guide for the day. We watched a 3D film about the evolution of our planet and the energy resources used throughout the years, from the Big Bang to the near future. It was great ... and we all enjoyed it very much. We then continued onto an exhibition, where our first interactive station was “The Time Machine”, which explained all the different types of energy and in which period of time it was used. There was also the “Watts Up” activity, a fun game where we had to turn pedals as fast as we could and see how fast we could produce enough energy to charge our phones. Another display explained what energy types were used in some countries of the world and what were the pros and cons of each. The next game was the one that everyone loved, it was on a video game style motorcycle and you had to ride through different parts of the world and answer science questions in order to get to the next period until you got to the present day. All this was about energy resources and how they worked as the world progressed. The next part of the center was more focused on Nuclear Power. The uranium reactor was clearly explained with videos. Uranium steps showed how long it takes for uranium to decay. Upstairs we found out how radioactive waste has to be treated and disposed of and how much radiation is around us and what the annual dose is that you can have. The “Biodiversity and Safety around Mochovce” was also an interesting addition to the day. Finally we measured our carbon footprints and what the carbon load of different objects or activities were. After having a tour around the center we stopped to have our lunches and chat about everything we saw and learnt. We competed in the “Energorace” and then we had to go. Before our trip to Energoland none of us knew how much fun Physics could be!
One student quoted to me that it was “energetic in Energoland”, which it certainly was!
At the start of this month, the Year 13 Physicists also went to Energoland, in conjunction with the “Energy Production” topic that they will soon be studying. They too enjoyed all of the interactive materials available, as well as taking a guided tour of the exhibition, with a dedicated guide, who was able to inform them to a suitably challenging level for IB Diploma students. Their day ended with a visit to a “control room simulator”, where they were able to ask many questions about the safety factors built into the running of a nuclear power station. The photographs below show our Year 13 students hard at work on the day.
I would also like to thank Mr England; Miss Uhure and Miss Pallova for their much appreciated involvement in these important trips.
If you would like to find out more about this exhibition, then please follow the link below:
www.energoland.sk Mr Kevin Troy, Head of Secondary Science, Physics