Hinkley Point C run programme for budding engineers
Students seize chance to develop their STEM skills
A programme that brings together budding young engineers to enjoy four days of practical 'design and make' activities was a big success.
Around 50 young people from across Somerset attended the seventh annual Low-Carbon Energy residential course held at EDF Energy’s flagship training centre, Cannington Court and Bridgwater and Taunton College, Cannington Campus.
The course encourages youngsters aged 14 and 15 to explore and develop their science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. It also showcases the company’s graduate community who project-manage the course as a development opportunity, giving them a chance to inspire the next generation.
Claire Coulston, Inspire Programme Lead, said: “This programme supports our company commitment to give back to the communities within which we operate, whilst inspiring the next generation of budding scientists and engineers.”
Pete Allen, Finance Graduate, added: “At the end of the week when we ask who would be interested in working for EDF Energy or studying STEM subjects for GCSEs and A-levels, nearly all of them have their hands in the air. One of the youngsters told us: ‘I’ll see you at EDF when I’m a graduate!“
“The experience for us has been so rewarding – seeing the kids engage and really work hard on their projects throughout the week is a joy.”
Bradley Conway, Supply Chain Graduate and one of this year’s organisers, said: “I’ve really enjoyed volunteering at the Low-Carbon Residential for the past two years, firstly with a team of avid Year 9 students and this year in a more organisational and project-management role.
“Each year the eight groups are challenged to come up with an energy mix which can power a group of three fictitious islands in the South Pacific. And each year we are amazed by the thought that goes into these proposals, with students suggesting some really innovative and well-thought-out energy sources. The level of knowledge that is being built up through STEM engagement at schools really comes through, as we certainly did not have power generation as a specialist subject when we were in Year 9!“
And parents of the students attending certainly seem to agree with this. One wrote: “Thank you for providing such a well-planned, motivating course. My daughter was really enthused by all she learnt and clearly you have found the key to making learning fun for teenagers.”
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