Future Generation at Irvine Royal Academy
As part of Magnox’s ongoing commitment to corporate responsibility, three of Hunterston A Site’s STEMNET ambassadors recently visited Irvine Royal Academy to talk to S2 pupils about methods of energy production.
STEMNET encourages young people to be involved in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and many professionals choose to become involved in STEMNET as part of their continous professional development. A number of staff at Hunterston A have become STEMNET ambassadors and are committed to inspiring young people in STEM.
Pupils were give presentations on fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable energy before being encouraged to discuss the pro’s and cons of each method during debate exercises. These took the form of a session on a new coal fired station at Hunterston and a council planning application for a new wind farm.
The morning was rounded off by a game of monopoly with a twist. The game was created by Magnox graduates and was designed to show the pupils that a mix of energy production methods are needed to meet future energy needs.
The day was very well received by both the pupils and teachers. A Hunterston A spokesperson said: “This visit enabled Magnox to show how committed it is to corporate responsibility by encouraging a future generation of scientists and engineers.”
Further details of STEMNET can be found by visiting the following link: http://www.stemnet.org.uk/