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Future Science week

Five scientists, a police constable and Barney the dog from AWE sparked some excitement supporting Ashford Primary School’s Science Week held 21-25th October.

“Science is the best and experiments are really cool” – was the overwhelming response from primary school children after scientists from AWE spent a day making science fun.

A team of scientists including Dr Claire Leppard, Andy Lambden, Dale Eccleston, Annabel Steele and Nicholas Monk helped make STEM curriculum fun for the children.

The scientists helped the children learn about science by focusing on themes. Pupils were divided into teams to watch and participate in a range of scientific demonstrations, including a laser and lights challenge, experiments with static electricity and circuits, observations of the effects of very low temperatures on everyday objects with liquid nitrogen and how a rocket is launched.

PC Steve Lovell and the children, with help from Barney the police dog, used forensic investigation techniques to solve a fake burglary at the school. Barney got a great response from the children – teaching them about the important role that dogs like Barney play.

Ashford Hill Head Teacher Helen Borley thanked AWE for hosting the event and said: "Science in many forms descended on Ashford Hill Primary School. Children were excited to see "real" scientists from AWE at school. It has helped broaden our children's understanding and has given pupils the opportunity to see science in a wider, real and practical way."

Ashford Hill pupil Lucy aged 9 said: "Science is the best because all the experiments were really cool and went bang!"

Brandon aged 9 said: "I liked it when the Police Officer was coming in; I was interested in how well the dog was trained."

Dr Claire Leppard STEM ambassador for AWE said: “The kids really loved it – and it was a real success and a pleasure to support. I’m so grateful to Military Defence Police for their time, the team of scientists and to Queen Mary’s College who kindly lent us some of their science equipment."

Nicholas Monk AWE volunteer said: “This day provided a wonderful platform to promote STEM subjects to a young audience, one of the many reasons why I chose to volunteer. Doing as much as we can to inspire the younger generation in the critical early years will ensure the best possible long-term benefits for their education in science. The kids were absolutely fantastic and very eager to see the rocket go off as many times as possible.”

 

 

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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