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School children have enjoyed science in a practical way by building and testing water rockets, thanks to AWE.
A team of engineers from AWE recently spent a day helping children aged six to nine build rockets made out of plastic bottles.
AWE works actively with local schools to foster and inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects.
Children from Bucklebury Primary School were divided into multiple teams and given a budget for their rocket design. Through supervision from AWE engineers, the pupils designed and built water rockets and then competed in a distance rocket launch challenge.
Event organiser, AWE engineer, Paul Dalgarno, who is a governor at Bucklebury Primary School said: “Over the last couple of years I have been involved with supplying the school with various items of equipment through AWE’s School Liaison Scheme.
“The equipment has been used in class lessons and the school’s lunchtime science club. The equipment AWE has provided has added a dimension to the children’s learning which they have greatly benefited from.”
Paul continued: “Sometimes the lack of available funds for primary schools can impact on what a school can afford, which has obvious ramifications for equipment purchases. This is where I believe the AWE School Liaison Scheme adds most value, by providing a bank of science equipment that schools would otherwise not be able to afford, which aids with the engagement of the pupils and benefits their learning.”
Theo a Bucklebury pupil and member of the winning Rocket Challenge team -Ridonkulous, said: “All in all I had a brilliant time and would love to do it again. It was such a good idea having a budget of £20 to start with. I liked how we had to pay for different parts of the rocket. It was brilliant measuring the distance the rockets travelled because it really felt like a competition.”
Bucklebury PS Head teacher Pippa Rowe: “This was a great opportunity for practical science, making mathematics fun through solving problems.”
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