11 Apr 16

Suffolk brownies investigate science at Sizewell B

Leiston and Knodishall brownies have been given a special tour of the Sizewell B reactor simulator in a bid to earn their Science Investigator badge.

The group of 25 girls aged 7-10 took the visit to Sizewell B in their stride and carried out their science challenges for the badge in the power station visitor centre. 

The girls tackled forensic science by examining their fingerprints and civil engineering by building a paper tower. They were then given a special tour of the Sizewell B reactor simulator where all reactor operators at the power station carry out their training. 

The group was looked after by the Sizewell B visitor centre guides and one of the station’s apprentice’s Rachel Wills.

Alison Smith, Knodishall Brownies Tawny Owl, said:  “Girl Guiding has the motto that ‘girls can do’.  We wanted to use this visit to Sizewell B to show our brownies that they can do science and what’s more it can be fun. It’s great that the brownies have been awarded their Science Investigators badge following their visit to the power station.”

Sarah Osborne, Sizewell B visitor centre coordinator said: “The brownies tackled the science challenges with such enthusiasm that they thoroughly deserved their badge. It is great to see the Girl Guiding movement encourage girls into science.”

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