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Orion laser facility

Orion is one of the most powerful lasers and largest laser facilities in the UK.

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AWE graduates inspire

Graduates from AWE have helped inspire future physicists.

A team of four graduates, Matt Fidler, Mike Rowlands, Emma Stubbs and Adam Wardlow recently represented AWE at the annual Physics at Work event held at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.
This event aims to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects to school children aged 14-16. It is the seventh year AWE has been involved with the event which involved presenting 36 times to a total of 720 pupils from around the country.

Norman Godfrey, AWE Deputy Chief Scientist, said: “I am delighted that AWE graduates were recognised once again as being excellent ambassadors for the company and for the subject of physics. The Cambridge University Physics At Work event is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate to a large number of school pupils the range of interesting topics that can be studied and subsequently worked on in this subject area. As a company that strongly supports STEM education and as a strategic partner to the University, AWE is proud to be associated with Physics at Work.”

The team presented a talk on lasers and the AWE facility Orion which included the difficulty of getting a lot of energy in such a small space.
The presentation was made more exciting through the use of audience participation and involved the pupils competing against each other to solve a laser maze as fast as possible. The maze involved orienting mirrors and calculating the correct route past obstacles and decoy mirrors.

For help with physics, pupils and teachers can download resources from the new AWE Awesome Education Zone at www.AWE.co.uk
Team member Mike Rowlands, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to inspire the next generation into STEM subjects. Being able to show that physics has direct applications outside of blue skies research is a great way of motivating the pupils to become engineers and physicists. Their enthusiastic questions showed real interest
in the important work that AWE does to contribute to national security. Being voted second by such a sharp audience is very satisfying.”
AWE continues to work with young people to encourage interest in STEM subjects as part of our outreach and schools liaison programmes. The forthcoming ‘A level challenge’ for local schools is the next event to be run by a graduate team and will take place on 14th October at Tadley Community Centre.

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