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Pupils from a Newbury school were recently inspired by a visit to the AWE Orion Laser.
Students from St Bartholomew’s were invited to tour the world-leading Orion laser facility after winning the AWE A-Level Challenge in 2014.
The event forms part of AWE’s ‘AWEsome Education’ campaign – an initiative which aims to encourage the study of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in education and leading to future careers.
Eight schools attended the AWE A-Level Challenge event, held at Tadley Community Centre last October.
Dr Matt Bradley, one of the graduates who facilitated the visit by the winning team to Orion from St Bartholomew’s, said: “It is a delight to be able to provide an opportunity for this group of talented local students to visit AWE. Through events like these, we hope to play our part in inspiring the next generation of scientists. We congratulate these students on their victory in the AWE A-Level Science Challenge and wish them every success with their university applications.”
Following the visit St Bartholomew’s pupil, Jess Pawley said: “I was so impressed with Orion and the scale of the lasers. It has been interesting to see the practical applications of science and engineering at AWE and speak with some of the graduates first hand.”
St Bartholomew’s teacher,Dr Richard Costambeys, who accompanied the pupils said: “The visit to AWE demonstrated to pupils the value of science and engineering education and how this fits into the workplace and the opportunities available to those studying the STEM subjects in higher education.”
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