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AWE engineers inspire pupils with leading technologies

AWE engineers wowed 300 pupils from 22 schools across Hampshire and West Berkshire at an annual event to motivate children into Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

AWE engineers used interactive demonstrations and cutting-edge technologies on June 11 in Basingstoke to inspire young people to become future scientists and engineers.

AWE works actively with local schools and colleges to foster and inspire innovation in STEM for current and future generations.

AWE Chief Scientist, Andrew Randewich, said: “TeenTech is a fantastic event and I am delighted to be playing my part in promoting AWE’s commitment to the national STEM agendaand inspiring future generations. It’s hugely satisfying to know that events like these are truly informative in the choices students have to make – which will hopefully lead to them having successful careers in science and engineering.”

The Basingstoke Consortium, an educational charity, coordinated the event on behalf of TeenTech. Founded my Maggie Philbin, former presenter of the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World programme, TeenTech is an award-winning industry-led initiative that runs lively one-day events, with a year-round supporting awards scheme. TeenTech helps young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

AWE exhibited demonstrations on our engineering technologies including a long-range 3D scanner and an additive manufacturing machine that was printing 3D models of miniature teddybears. As part of the exhibition, there was also a ‘technical challenge’ which involved students attempting to solve a Lego puzzle, testing their thought process, skills of concentration as well as their dexterity.

St Gabriel’s School, in Newbury, was awarded a tour of the Orion laser facility, by AWE Head of Engineering, Kerry Barker, as the prize for coming first in the technical challenge.

 

Pic 1: Winners of the AWE technical challenge: pupils from St Gabriel’s School in Newbury joined by AWE apprentice, Pete Brimble (far left) and AWE engineer, Jake Dockerill (far right)

 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. AWE press releases are available on our website: www.awe.co.uk. For further information contact Catherine Lynagh on Media@AWE.co.uk 0118 985 6414

 

 

 

 

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