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This week its British Science Week - offering a great opportunity to raise the profile of STEM in our local schools.
AWE is working in partnership with Queen Mary's College and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to deliver a series of fun science workshops on the theme Journey to Space for primary children across Basingstoke and North Hampshire. The activities have been designed jointly by AWE scientists and college staff.
Around 350 pupils are expected to take part in the workshops which are being hosted by the college and delivered by a team of AWE Scientists led by Dr Alison Baxter. Sessions are running Monday to Wednesday with transport for schools being provided by the council.
Later in the week, we are sponsoring activities at our local secondary School - The Hurst Community College. Through our membership of the Ri we have secured an opportunity to have their professional ‘science in schools’ team to run science shows for pupils, teachers and parents.
There will be two shows during the school day for around 400 students, a CPD event for science staff and a community science event for 200 children and parents in the evening.
Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Simon Bound added: “We are delighted to work in partnership with AWE and Queen Mary's College to celebrate British Science Week. Inspiring future generations of scientists and engineers is key to the long-term economic success of our borough, which is home to many innovative businesses.
“The amazing facilities at the Science Centre at the college, which have been supported by AWE for many years, offer primary school pupils the chance to have a first-hand experience of the world of opportunities science and engineering can open up for them.”
We are also sharing stories of career journeys of AWE scientists..
|Catherine- Trainee Health Physicist||Ross– Laboratory Technician apprentice||Alanna - Radiochemist|
Colleagues from MDP police are also supporting British Science Week – providing a sniffer dog demonstration for pupils at North Waltham primary school on Thursday.
AWE Community Engagement Manager, Philippa Kent said:
"As one of the largest STEM employers in the local area we believe that it is part of our role to help inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and technology specialists. Through our award-winning schools’ outreach programme, we support schools across West Berkshire and North Hampshire, engaging with thousands of students across primary, secondary and sixth forms every year."