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AWE graduates and apprentices recently wowed 300 pupils from nearly 30 schools across Hampshire and West Berkshire at an annual event to motivate children into taking up Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The team from AWE used interactive demonstrations and cutting-edge technologies at the 2016 TeenTech event in Basingstoke (June 16), to inspire young people to become future scientists and engineers.
AWE has a thriving outreach programme with local schools and regularly hosts STEM events to enthuse pupils to enjoy the subjects.
In 2015 AWE launched the AWEsome Education Zone, a freeonline resource to support local schools.
With the launch of the 2016 Young Scientist of the Year competition AWE is continuing to foster and inspire an interest in science.
AWE analytical chemist, Stuart Dunn, said: “TeenTech is a great event for kids from all over to interact with one of the largest scientific sites in the area, and for employees to encourage young people to follow STEM careers.”
The Basingstoke Consortium, an educational charity, coordinated the event on behalf of TeenTech. Founded by 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 STEM.
Tom, a pupil from Wavell School in Farnborough, said: “It’s cool, the way 3D printed stuff is formed without putting the parts together is really amazing.”
AWE exhibited demonstrations on our technologies including tiny sub-millimetre targets used on our state-of-the-art Orion laser facility. There was also a ‘technical challenge’ which involved pupils participating in laser mazes and wire bending – testing their thought process, skills of concentration as well as their dexterity.
The Clere School, in Berkshire, was awarded a tour of the Orion laser facility, by AWE’s Stuart Dunn, as the prize for coming first in the technical challenge.