10 Oct 17

Bothwell pupils give science a sporting chance

A Lanarkshire school has had a visit from an Olympic athlete for a science lesson with a difference. 

Scotland’s women’s curling captain, Eve Muirhead, visited St Bride’s primary in Bothwell as part of EDF Energy’s education outreach work to talk to them about the links between sport and science. 

Pupils attended an inspiring whole school assembly where they heard about the 2014 Winter Olympics bronze medallist’s career in curling and the importance of determination and strong leadership to her success. 

Following assembly the school’s Primary 6 and 7s heard about the ways that science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are used in her sport and the pupils took part in a discussion about friction, momentum and distance. 

The pupils heard about the way curling kit has been developed by design engineers and about the doctors, physiotherapists and nutritionists, all with STEM qualifications that support her team. 

A study commissioned earlier this year by EDF Energy, which has an engineering base in East Kilbride, found that there will be 142,000 new jobs in science, research, engineering and technology between now to 2023 but current figures show there will be a shortfall in the number of graduates and apprentices available to fill these roles. For example there will be a 40% shortfall in engineering. 

Eve Muirhead said: “It was great to be able to talk to the pupils about my experiences and explain to them how science touches almost every part of my sport. Curlers use geometry and physics every time we take to the ice. We rely on doctors, physiotherapists, sports scientists and nutritionists to keep us fit for competition and design engineers ensure we have the right kit and equipment that will help us perform at our best”.   

Robert Gilhooly, from EDF Energy’s East Kilbride office said: “We are delighted to be working with Eve Muirhead to help children make the connections between STEM and sport and consider the variety of careers that are available to them by studying STEM subjects at school. EDF Energy is investing in the next generation of Scottish minds because we know that if Scotland is to address the energy challenges of the future it needs to have a workforce with strong skills in STEM.”

Mr Tom O’Hanlon, from St Bride’s Primary said: “Primary six and seven pupils were delighted to meet an Olympian and amazed at how the science of physics plays such a big part in the sport of curling.”

Primary six pupil, Lara Currie, said: “I thought the workshop was fantastic. I learned about the science behind the sport and that STEM is always involved.

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Fiona McCall
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EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.