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Delivering a master class performance

AWE graduates have partnered with the Royal Institution of Great Britain to help inspire the next generation into Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Around 30students from schools across Berkshire and North Hampshire were involved in a series of engineering master classes.

AWE graduates designed six classes based on a number of scientific and engineering principles covering for example Newton’s laws, engineering design, electronics and materials. Students were mixed up to work with pupils from different schools at each of the Saturday workshops, which were held throughout the summer term at The Hurst School in Baughurst. The schools which participated were Costello, Basingstoke; Denefield, Reading; St Gabriel’s, Newbury; Park House, Newbury; The Hurst, Baughurst and Everest, Basingstoke.

The final master class was an engineering challenge where students had to design and build a trebuchet, testing it for accuracy and distance by catapulting balls and bean bags. The team of winning students have been invited to visit AWE’s state-of-the-art Orion laser facility next term.

AWE Head of Engineering, Kerry Barker, who presented the prizes, said: “The energy in this room is amazing. I started my journey into engineering when I was about your age. I am now 30 years into engineering. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people and have also managed to raise a family.

“A career in STEM gives you the opportunities to open up your horizons. If you have been inspired by this series of classes come back to us and we can help you on your journey.”

Rachel Dorris from the Royal Institution said: “The Engineering Masterclass programme we have set-up with AWE is quite unique because we have run it as a graduate training programme. It helps the engineering graduates continuing professional development, helps us and helps their company too.  

“The school students who come along to the Masterclasses are really engaged bright kids. What we are trying to do is open their minds up to engineering and how exciting science subjects can be when you apply them to real world engineering problems.”

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