BBC Christmas spot for Buckinghamshire teenager

PUBLISHED: 11:50 22 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:50 22 December 2014

Professor Danielle George on stage with Lucy

Professor Danielle George on stage with Lucy


A teenager from Gerrards Cross is due to star in the annual Christmas Lectures, presented by the Royal Institution and televised as part of the BBC’s Christmas content.

Lucy Edwards, 13, who attends Dr Challoner’s High School, Little Chalfont, attended the filming of the historic science and engineering lectures in London and supported lecturer, Professor Danielle George, with an exciting demonstration for the show.

In this year’s lectures, titled ‘Sparks Will Fly, How to Hack Your Home’, are presented by Professor Danielle George, an electrical engineer from The University of Manchester. Professor George will take three great British inventions – a light bulb, a telephone and a motor – and demonstrate how viewers can adapt, transform and ‘hack’ these every day technologies to do extraordinary things. This is tinkering for the twenty-first century.

The 2014 Christmas Lectures will be broadcast as part of the BBC’s Christmas schedule on BBC Four at 8pm on 29, 30 and 31 December. In an action-packed demonstration-led lecture series, Danielle will announce the new rules of invention and show you how to use modern tools, technologies and things from your home to have fun and make a difference to the world around you.

Lucy took part in a demonstration showing how fibre optic cables work. There are over half a million miles of fibre optic cables running beneath the oceans carrying internet data across continents. Lucy used nothing more than a bucket of water and a torch to show how the cables bend light (and so the data) round corners. The lecture Lucy appeared in will air on 30 December.

She says: “I thought the demo was really interesting because I didn’t expect the light to travel through the water like it did. I loved being part of the Christmas Lectures!”

Danielle George adds: “Today’s generation of young people are in a truly unique position. The technology we use and depend on every day is expanding and developing at a phenomenal rate, our society has never been more equipped to be creative and innovative. I want young people to realise that that they have the power to change the world right from their bedroom, kitchen table or garden shed.

“If we all take control of the technology and systems around us, and think creatively, then solving some of the world’s greatest challenges is only a small step away. I believe everyone has the potential to be an inventor!”

Filmed in front of a live audience in the iconic theatre at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the original science and engineering events for children were started by Michael Faraday in 1825 and have long been seen as a favourite British Christmas tradition.

For more information about the 2014 Christmas Lectures visit


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