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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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A unique national asset

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AWEsome education

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AWEsome Education

As one of the largest employers in the local area we believe that it is part of our role to support schools in our local community in developing the next generation of scientists, engineers and technology specialists. 

Our AWEsome Education initiative helps to inspire young people across North Hampshire and West Berkshire. It actively encourages an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) – supporting the curriculum at every level from primary through to secondary and sixth form education. 

The scheme involves over 80 schools throughout the Newbury, Reading and Basingstoke area. We provide a wide range of support including the loan of educational equipment; setting up and attending events; presentations and talks by some of our professors, scientists, graduates and apprentices; and mentoring to suit all age groups. Many of our employees - in their role as governors, PTA members or parents of pupils - act as an essential link to each school affiliated to the scheme.

Our programme extends to many more young people through the work we do in partnership with other organisations such as  local educational charities Basingstoke Consortium and Education Business Partnership West Berkshire.

Some of our resources are only available to local schools as it wouldn’t be practical to take our experiments and equipment hundreds of miles across the country so we have worked on producing some new resources on our website so everyone can download them .