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Nuclear Institute Showcases the Industry to the Next Generation of Professionals

Four of our Nuclear Institute STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) ambassadors recently captured the imagination of the UK's next generation of professionals at the Big Bang North West schools' STEM  fair. The volunteers manned a joint Nuclear Institute North West Branch & Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network Stand, flying the flag for the nuclear industry.

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Using interactive activities developed by NI members, the four enthusiastic volunteers engaged with a hall packed full of Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4 school students (ages 7 to 14). Visitors to the stand got to try their hand at maintaining some pipework in a nuclear fuel reprocessing facility glovebox, as well as helping to remotely handle some radioactive nuclear waste using a pair of decommissioning ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles).

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NI NW Branch Chair Monica Mwanje commented: “The NI NW Branch is committed to supporting STEM outreach activities and engaging with the next generation.  The branch was delighted to have the opportunity to exhibit alongside the YGN on this occasion.  The branch’s presence at the Big Bang North West would not have been possible without our volunteers and I would like to thank Matt Harrison, Colin Grime, Tim Marshall and Rory Spencer for giving their time and representing the branch at this fair.”

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The Big Bang North West is a regional spin-off event to the national Big Bang STEM Fair, held annually. For more information on the event and future events visit the Big Bang North West website.

If you would like to support the NI and volunteer at future events, please take a look at our upcoming events and get in touch.