Didcot B Power Station sparks students’ interest in Engineering

Students from Didcot Girls’ School sparked their interest in engineering by taking part in an RWE 'enthuse' event. The programme inspires and engages students aged 12-14 years old in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through a range of interactive activities which challenges them to use and develop their skills as if they were a scientist or engineer.

With support from five employee volunteers from RWE Generation’s Didcot B Power Station, 200 students aged 12-13 years old were encouraged to think of ways to improve a product, or design a completely new concept. They also took part in a series of hands-on activities, helping them to develop their engineering and science related skills and discussed the challenge of how the country can meet and reduce the UK’s future demand for energy.

Neil Scott, Didcot B Power Station manager said, " The team from Didcot had a fantastic day at Didcot Girls’ School. Events like this are an important way to give young people an insight into the power generation industry and highlight opportunities available. I hope we have inspired some of today’s students to consider this industry as a career option for the future."

Dr Lynn Nickerson, Engineering Coordinator, Didcot Girls’ School, added, "The variety of activities gave our students an excellent insight into the diversity and challenges which might face an engineer. It was extremely useful in helping to dispel the stereotypical notions some students have about engineering. Also, the opportunity to meet with staff from the power station made the activities more relevant and real. We’ve been involved in the enthuse programme for over six years and the events are always keenly anticipated. It was wonderful to see how students of all abilities were engaged in the activities. The staff and students would like to thank the people from npower for their enthusiasm and hard work."

Since the start of the enthuse programme in 2007, the educational experience has reached out to over 16,000 students across the UK.