Welcome to the first European Nuclear Young Generation Forum (ENYGF) Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) event. This one-day event aims to provide Key Stage 3 students (ages 11 -14) with an engaging learning experience, to encourage interest in STEM subjects and related industrial professions.
The Nuclear Institute (the professional institute for the UK nuclear sector) and Sellafield Ltd (the largest nuclear sector employer in the North West) are collaborating to provide this fantastic opportunity.
The event will consist of four workshops, each of which will provide young people with an exciting learning experience that will encourage interest in STEM subjects. In addition, it will give students an appreciation of the general skills required to work in the nuclear sector, be effective in the working environment, and will provide an awareness of the nuclear industry and its work. The event will also investigate innovation in the nuclear industry and promote awareness of challenges presented in areas including nuclear new build, decommissioning and operation of existing nuclear plants.
Students will have the opportunity to take part in all four workshops, ensuring variety and maintaining engagement. The day will be facilitated by separating the students into four workshop groups of approximately 20 students, each accompanied by mentors from the Nuclear Institute and Sellafield Ltd. The students will learn about routes into STEM related careers by discussions with apprentices and graduates supporting the day. Each workshop will be an interactive session which will last approximately 40 – 45 minutes. The groups will rotate to all the different challenges and experience a fun-filled, engaging and motivational learning opportunity.
The day will be facilitated by separating the students into four workshop groups of approximately 20 students, each with Sellafield Ltd. and STEM mentors for the day. The students will learn about routes into engineering by discussions with apprentices and graduates supporting the day. Each workshop will be an interactive session which is expected to last approximately 40 – 45 minutes. The groups will rotate to all the different challenges and experience a fun filled, engaging and motivational learning opportunity.
Timetable for the day
09:00 Arrival of students – Registration
09:45 First workshop
10:30 Second workshop
12:30 Third workshop
13:30 Fourth workshop
14:30 Summary and wrap up of the day
Workshop 1) Retrieval of Legacy Waste from Storage Ponds
A key activity for Sellafield Ltd over the coming years will the recovery of radioactive waste material stored in storage silos on the site. The students will fill containers with materials replicating radioactive materials and will design and build a system to retrieve the active material efficiently and safely into containers, to be placed into storage.
Workshop 2) Safe Transportation of Active Waste
Safe transportation of radioactive materials across nuclear sites is of paramount importance. Containers are rigorously checked and tested to ensure they are robust for any unforeseen circumstances. The students will act as design and safety engineers for this task to design robust containers for waste transportation. The containers will be tested to their limits, in a series of fun experiments.
Workshop 3) Manufacturing a retrieval arm [Proposal]
Some locations on a nuclear site are highly radioactive and unsuitable for human access. Cutting edge machines are therefore needed to undertake the some operations. The students will design and build a manipulator arm that will be used to retrieve simulated radioactive waste from a chamber.
Workshop 4) Manufacture and use of 3D printing [Proposal]
Many of the designs in nuclear plants must be manufactured and commissioned prior to installation on site, as this approach increases the reliability of the equipment. The students will create a model and manufacture their designs, to demonstrate the need for accurate design prior to manufacture.
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This event is part of the programme for European Nuclear Young Generation Forum (ENYGF) 2017, which is taking place in Manchester from 11 to 16 June 2017. For more information about this event for schools, please contact Irfan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the wider ENYGF 2017 programme, click here.
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