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Graduates from AWE captivated and inspired hundreds of students

Graduates from AWE have captivated and inspired hundreds of students at a Cambridge University physics exhibition.

The annual event – Physics at Work, encourages pupils to pursue physics as a career path.

The AWE graduate scientists and engineers were invited to illustrate how important physics is in the
real world by using practical demonstrations.

The team made up of Dan Lewis, Dale Eccleston, Phil Powner, Hardik Trivedi and Nick Monk were
awarded first prize for the best demonstration by the pupils for their experiment entitled
"Explosive Energy". This involved converting between different types of energy and optimising the
rate of release of energy to generate spectacular effects.

Phil Powner said: "I have done a lot of outreach programmes because I got a lot of support as a pupil and that inspired me - I hope that the students enjoyed it as much as we did."

Hardik Trivedi said: "This exhibition provided a wonderful platform to promote physics -
particularly to a young audience, one of the many reasons why I chose to volunteer. It's a fantastic
opportunity to present on my chosen specialism, doing as much as we can to inspire the younger
generation in the critical early years will ensure that the best possible long-term benefits from
their interest will do good to the science and engineering sector in the future."

Dale Eccleston said: "It was quite rewarding to be able to pass on some knowledge."

Dan Lewis said: "The students enjoyed seeing and hearing our presentation and it showed them that
physics can be fun and that it's not all just about exams."

The three-day event was attended by 70 groups of secondary school and college pupils not just from
the Cambridge area but also from Liverpool, London and beyond.

This is the fifth year AWE has fielded a team at this event with an enviable record over the past
three years in which we have come first, second and joint first respectively.

AWE continues to work with young people to encourage interest in science, engineering and technology
as part of its schools liaison programme.  Many of those that have attended Physics at Work
Exhibitions in the past have gone on to have physics based careers in industry, commerce and
research.

Notes to Editors

1.     AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent

2.     AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.

3.     For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888.

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