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Ahead of National Science week March 13-22, AWE staff members recently inspired local children to enjoy science and take a closer look at renewable energy.
With its thriving schools programme AWE works actively with local schools to foster and inspire an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
Using educational equipment loaned by AWE’s School Liaison Scheme pupils from Spurcroft Primary, Thatcham learned about sustainable energy and healthy eating.
Pupils from years five to six examined how the town of Thatcham might cope in the future without fossil fuels. Giles Davis, an AWE environmental specialist gave a talk to the children, looking at the various forms of sustainable energy which culminated in a vote for their preferred option. To help educate the children a wind turbine was loaned to the school from AWE’s Schools Liaison Scheme.
Pupils from years one and two looked at healthy eating with help from AWE’s ‘Boney Boris’. Using a variety of education equipment including a bag of bones, body tunic, jaw models, miniature skeleton and ‘Boney Boris’ the children examined how important lifestyle is in maintaining healthy bones.
Spurcroft Primary School teacher Mrs Jones said: “The children really benefited from the outreach work from AWE. They enjoyed learning about different forms of renewable energy from a visiting speaker who was able to answer a lot of their probing questions. They have also benefited from exploring how wind turbines work by assembling and running a model wind turbine; seeing a working model was a great way of initiating discussion.”
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.
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