Torness engineers mentor local bright sparks
EDF Energy is supporting a group of 11 students from Edinburgh and the Lothians who have taken up a 10 week challenge set by the Engineering Development Trust.
The schools from Edinburgh and East Lothian are taking part in the project to inspire young people to study science and increase the connection between their studies and potential future careers.
The seven girls and four boys from Wester Hailes Education Centre in Edinburgh and Preston Lodge High School in Prestonpans recently visited Torness power station to meet with the engineers who are supporting them.
Three Torness employees are mentoring the 13 and 14 year old students during the 10 week project which is called “My School is an Island”. They are providing advice and guidance as the teenagers develop their ideas on how to transform their school into a fully functioning island setting. The island can be located anywhere in the world but the plans must include energy use, impact on the environment and the facility must be sustainable.
Dr Fulton from Wester Hailes Education Centre, said: “STEM opportunities that see our pupils and staff working closely with global partners like EDF Energy can provide a very rich experience for all involved. To be able to make links between the classroom and the world of work is invaluable; we’re delighted to be involved in the project. To have such exposure from early in a pupils’ secondary education can only serve as positive as they continue to plan for life on leaving school.”
13-year-old, Joanne Welch, from Preston Lodge High School, said: "Go4Set has helped us learn how to work well as a team. We've learnt so much about the running of our school and also about energy supply and use in general."
Kate Goan, environmental safety engineer, Torness power station, said: “EDF Energy’s work with the Engineering Development Trust gives us another opportunity to promote the study of STEM which is so crucial to the nuclear industry. I am delighted that the schools have taken up this opportunity and hope it helps to change the perception of STEM subjects.”
The pace of digital innovation and scale of UK infrastructure investment means that there are huge opportunities for careers in STEM subjects. However, just one in five people working in STEM today in the UK is female and the number of young women studying these subjects at further education remains consistently below boys.
The power station’s support for this challenge follows a series of series of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workshops that EDF Energy held in Edinburgh in November as part of a drive to encourage more girls to pursue careers in STEM. More than 350 girls aged 12 and 13 years old attended.
The pace of digital innovation and scale of UK infrastructure investment means that there are huge opportunities for careers in STEM subjects. However, just one in five people working in STEM today in the UK is a woman and the number of young women studying these subjects at further education remains consistently below boys.
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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.