‘Run, don’t walk’: The school that gets pupils to generate electricity

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In a reversal of normal classroom rules, students have been encouraged to run and jump around a corridor at a Kent school.It’s because the corridor has been laid with special kinetic tiles and every footstep on them creates sustainable energy.“The students really enjoyed trying to give them a right bashing –running around and jumping up and down on them , said Matthew Baxter, headmaster of the 1,200-pupil Simon Langton Boys’ Grammar School in Canterbury.Over the period of a year, the energy expected to be generated from the 12m of tiles is expected to be enough to fully charge 853 mobile phones; power one mobile for two and a half years; keep a light bulb illuminated for more than two months or power an electric car to drive seven miles. The tiles are the brainchild of Laurence Kemball-Cook, a former pupil at the school, who is now chief executive officer of his own company, Pavegen Systems.“Imagine if children running, playing and walking in all schools in the UK could help power the lights in their school corridors or the applications in their classrooms.”

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