Shirley, United Kingdom (PressExposure) February 06, 2009 -- Npower and staff from Aberthaw Power Station helped 250 pupils take part in npower's 'enthuse' day. Year 9 students from Llantwit Major participated in a range of interactive activities designed to help them think about the impact science and engineering has on their daily lives.
Enthuse [http://education.npower.com/science-technology-engineering-maths/enthuse/index.htm], which is part of npower's Brighter Futures Programme, is a five year scheme designed to inspire and engage students aged 12-14 years old in science, technology, engineering and maths.
The students were encouraged to think of ways to improve existing products or design a completely new concept, before considering the very real problem of how the UK's future demand for energy can be met and reduced. These activities were followed by a 'facts and fiction' session where the students were given the opportunity to meet with engineering staff from Aberthaw Power Station. To end the day, the pupils took part in a series of hands-on activities relating to the power industry.
Head teacher Dr. Vince Browne at Llantwit Major said: "The variety of activities gave the students an excellent insight into what it would feel like to be an engineer. Also, the opportunity to meet with staff from npower has really brought today's activities to life and gave the pupils a great introduction into the world of work."
Clive Smith from Aberthaw Power Station, said: "The main purpose of today has been to inspire students in science and engineering and share with them the exciting opportunities that the energy industry has to offer."
A year 9 student involved in the activity added: "I think the whole day was good and I liked learning about different careers and I really liked all the 'hands on' activities. My favourite workshop was 'Bright Ideas' as I liked designing a new product which was completely different. I think we should run this event every year for year 9 students."
In 2008 alone, npower 'enthuse' days reached out to over 3400 students across the UK.
More information and free resources for schools and community groups can be found online through the npower education programme.